The Court Diversion Program is a co-operative venture between the Criminal Justice System and the Mental Health System. The program provides direct service to individuals who have a mental illness and who have been charged with a minor offence. To be eligible for the Court Diversion Program individuals must:
- be diagnosed with a serious mental illness;
- be 16 years of age or older;
- have been charged with a minor offence;
- agree to participate in the Mental Health Diversion Program, as it is strictly voluntary;
- be recommended by the Crown Attorney.
Mental Health Counsellors in the Court Diversion Program:
- assist individuals appropriate for diversion to access and utilize mental health and other supports and services;
- assist the judicial system to identify and divert adults with mental illness;
- provide consultation services to all persons/families with special needs appearing before the courts, regardless of the nature of the charges;
- provide short-term support or facilitate the transfer to more enhanced/intensive services or to a longer-term Mental Health Counsellor.
Court Diversion Enhancement
The Court Diversion Enhancement Program provides transitional community-based services and direct service to individuals who are on a Court Diversion Plan or, at a minimum, have had involvement with the Court Diversion Program. Services include at minimum: assessment and planning, supportive counselling, service co-ordination, monitoring/evaluation, systems advocacy, and transportation and support at court appearances. This transitional service is intended to be time-limited (up to four consecutive months) after which the client may be transferred to a Mental Health Counsellor for case management. This program also includes an affordable housing component.