FASD and a Parent’s Perspective of Raising Children Affected by FASD and Access to Services – 2015-11-18

Challenges of accessing appropriate and sustainable supports and services for adults at the higher end of the FASD, i.e. ARND (Alcohol Neurological Disability) and how this sets the stage for involvement with the criminal justice system, homelessness and other poor social outcomes. FASD and a Parent’s Perspective of Raising Children Affected by

Factors Influencing Mental Health and Criminal Justice Involvement – Bridging the Gap Between Two Sectors by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Five social determinants of health (income and employment; housing; education; discrimination; and social inclusion) and how they impact mental health and criminal justice involvement will be outlined. Promising practices and an expert panel discussion on future opportunities for system change and next steps will follow with an opportunity for questions. Factors Influencing

Innovations in Mental Health Diversion – Life Skills Groups for Mental Health and Justice Clients – 2015-11-18

This workshop will introduce a new Life Skills Group offered by the Fred Victor Mental Health Court Support Program, created in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The rationale for this innovation in Mental Health Diversion programming will be provided; initial observations and results will be discussed and

The Forensic Early Intervention Service – A New Pathway Initiative to Mental Health Care – 2015-11-18

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Forensic Early Intervention Service (FEIS) is a new program housed in the Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC). FEIS is a partnership between CAMH, the Ministry of Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS). FEIS will work collaboratively

The North Community Network of Specialized Care Skills Systems Group – An Adaptation Of DBT for People with Developmental Disabilities Delivered by Videoconference

The NCNSC Skills System Group provides this adaptation of DBT via videoconference to people across northern Ontario who have developmental disabilities *DD (and problems with emotion regulation). It is proving to be effective in helping people with DD reduce challenging behaviour while building capacity across sectors. The North Community Network of Specialized

Creating a Collaborative Approach to Seniors Issues in Rural Communities – 2015-11-18

Many communities are seeing an increase in senior related calls for service. This is true for police, hospitals, community health care providers and families. The issues surrounding seniors are multifaceted. In Durham region, we have recognized that a community partnership approach is fundamental in successfully addressing complex issues. We will discuss advances we

Building a Service Resolution Function in Toronto – Recommendations for Meeting the Needs of People with Complex Mental Health & Justice Challenges – 2015-11-18

We will present findings from our recent research conducted for the T-HSJCC, from which we developed the characteristics of distinctive models of service resolution tailored for the Toronto context, for people with complex mental health and addictions needs involved (or at risk of involvement) with the criminal justice system. Building a Service

Hamilton Acquired Brain Injury-Corrections Working Group – Integrating Multiple Sectors for Better Complex Case Management – 2015-11-18

This presentation will describe the development of the Hamilton Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) – Corrections Working Group which addresses the concerns of adults suspected of having an ABI, are at high risk in the community and have frequent contact with the criminal justice system. It will also include other work of the

What You Need to Ask Me – New Tools and Training to Enhance Mental Health Legal Advocacy – 2015-11-17

Legal advocates are professionally bound to operate on the basis of client instructions – but identifying those legal options is closely tied to understanding where a client is coming from and the issues in their life. Legal Aid Ontario and the Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario have teamed up to develop a

Opening the Doors of Justice – An Attempt to Make True Justice Accessible to People with an Intellectual Disability Who Have Been the Victims of a Crime – 2015-11-17

Mark Pathak pioneered a model of work to enable people with intellectual disabilities engage with the criminal justice system as complainants. The framework provides specialist support to help witnesses prepare for the courtroom experience while helping the court understand in advance the capabilities of the witnesses. Opening the Doors of Justice –

Reintegration Centre Inception and Development – Mobilizing the Community – 2015-11-17

The Reintegration Centre locates various service providers under one roof to address the reintegration needs of releases. In this pioneering model, it is expected that enhanced service continuity for men immediately upon discharge will increase community safety, reduce likelihood of recidivism and even prevent deaths resulting from accidental drug overdoses. Reintegration Centre Inception

Taking the Next Step – Designing Effective Treatment Supports for Community Reintegration of Forensic Patients – 2015-11-17

Taking the next step towards full community reintegration of forensic patients involves a qualitative departure from the structured hospital system. It must be done in a thoughtful and comprehensive way designed to address the individual risks unique to each forensic patient as they prepare themselves for discharge. The transition-to-discharge system developed collaboratively by

A Family Experience of Youth Justice – Redesigning Responsive Approaches with New Guides and a New Forensic Model for Youth Justice – 2015-11-17

This panel discussion will frame challenges and provide solutions to issues faced by mental health addictions, and justice sectors in addressing the needs, and enabling the strengths of young people under 18-years-of-age and their families. Through discussion of a family’s experience, and the service system response, we identify key needed resources and

FASD and the Criminal Justice System – A Poor Fit – 2015-11-17

People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are over-represented in the justice system. This session will describe the disability and emerging effective approaches which include collaboration across systems. An overview of activities in Ontario will be shared along with current provincial and federal initiatives. A video of people sharing their stories will be

Optimizing Collaboration between Hamilton Detention Centre & Mental Health Services Through the Use of CTO’s – 2015-11-17

In this session, we will discuss our experiences with community treatment orders (CTO’s), including the value and limitations of CTOs and barriers and challenges to using CTOs for mentally ill offenders. We will describe innovative justice-healthcare collaborations and the essential components that facilitated effective use of CTOs. Optimizing Collaboration between Hamilton Detention

Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) – Development and Evaluation of Toronto’s Co-Responding Police Mental Health Service Team – 2015-11-17

The Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) is a co-responding police-mental health program. This presentation will share the process of coordinating MCIT’s across hospital, LHIN, and justice/healthcare boundaries. The results of a mixed-method outcome evaluation will be presented, focusing on clients’ experiences with both MCIT and police-only response teams. Mobile Crisis Intervention Team

Meeting the Needs of Aboriginal Women in Ontario Corrections Through Programs and Services – 2015-11-17

This presentation will provide an overview of the programming and service strategies Ontario is using to address the needs of Aboriginal women who find themselves involved in correctional services; also how these programs and services can assist Aboriginal women in successful reintegration back into the community. Included in the presentation are Statistics,

Building Integrated Youth Forensic Services – The Journey – 2015-11-17

The Youth Forensic Service is a new provincial ministry initiative, intended to provide alternate care pathways for youth with mental health disorders who find themselves in conflict with the law. By way of forensic assessments, our service’s primary goal is to inform the courts about the influence of mental illness upon a

Trauma and Violent Offending – Understanding Gang Violence Through the Lens of an Ex-Gang Member – 2015-11-17

The aim of this article is to examine how violent traumatic exposure over the life course can lead to future gang membership, violent offending and subsequent contact with the law. Drawing on a case study approach and a first person narrative our research explores the interpersonal nature of violent offending including the psychological