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

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Correlates of Mental Health Diversion Completion in a Canadian Consortium – 2018

Mental health diversion is an important option for offenders with mental illness who do not pose a serious risk to public safety and who would otherwise be better served outside the criminal justice system. Predictors of complete vs. incomplete diversion were examined in a sample of 708 defendants seen in

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Correlates of Mental Health Diversion Completion in a Canadian Consortium – 2018-01-15

Mental health diversion is an important option for offenders with mental illness who do not pose a serious risk to public safety and who would otherwise be better served outside the criminal justice system. Predictors of complete vs. incomplete diversion were examined in a sample of 708 defendants seen in

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Exploration of joint working practices on anti-social behaviour between criminal justice, mental health and social care agencies: A qualitative study – 2018

Although the police play an important role for people with mental health problems in the community, little is known about joint working practices between mental health, social care and police services. There is potential for tensions and negative outcomes for people with mental health problems, in particular when the focus

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Exploration of joint working practices on anti‐social behaviour between criminal justice, mental health and social care agencies: A qualitative study – 2018

Although the police play an important role for people with mental health problems in the community, little is known about joint working practices between mental health, social care and police services. There is potential for tensions and negative outcomes for people with mental health problems, in particular when the focus

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Health-care system failed Ottawa man, judge says – CBC – 2018-02-16

An Ottawa judge released a mentally ill man from custody Friday, saying he had languished in jail for five months because the healthcare system failed to find him a secure home. Justice Peter Doody of the Ontario Court of Justice made the comments during Kevin Coleman’s sentencing. “The health system

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How We Got Here – The Northwest Community Mobilization Network

  Over the last 12 months and beyond, the Northwest Center of Responsibility (formerly known as the NWR-HSJCC) has transitioned their HSJCCs by incorporating principles of the Hub/Situation Table model into its structure. This has led to the establishment of the Northwest Community Mobilization Network. This transition was prompted by

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Making sense of interactions between mental health and criminal justice services: the utility of cultural historical activity systems theory – 2018

Purpose Effective collaboration between mental health (MHS) and criminal justice services (CJS) impacts on mental illness and reduces reoffending rates. This paper proposes the Change Laboratory Model (CLM) of workplace transformation as a potential tool to support interagency collaborative practice that has potential to complement current integration tools used in

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Medication state at the time of the offense: Medication noncompliance, insight and criminal responsibility – 2018

This study used a mixed quantitative‐qualitative methodology to examine whether mock jurors considered a defendant’s meta‐responsibility – specifically, the defendant’s medication noncompliance and degree of insight into his/her schizophrenia – when determining the person’s criminal responsibility. The degree of expert witness explanation regarding these factors was also varied. Participants (n

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Mental Health Diversion Program – 2015-11-17

People living with mental health symptoms or diagnosis, or a developmental disability may access alternatives to criminal prosecution. This process is known as a mental health diversion. If the Crown Attorney believes the symptoms of mental health are related to the criminal activity, he or she may determine that mental health diversion

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Navigating the Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems – 2015-11-17

The mental health and criminal justice systems map – which aims to assist individuals who have come into contact with the law, their friends and family, and service providers, in navigating the two systems – will be outlined. Local and Regional HSJCCs will learn how they can adapt the companion booklet

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Offenders living with mental illness: How are they perceived by future professionals? – 2018-02

Summary This study investigates the attitudes of Criminal Justice and Social Work majors toward offenders living with mental illness. Multivariate regression analyses were used to explore differences in attitudes between student majors, controlling for factors such as age, race, and political ideology among a sample of 358 respondents. Participant attitudes

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Psychopathic costs: a monetization study of the fiscal toll of psychopathy features among institutionalized delinquents – 2017-12

Purpose That psychopathy imposes substantial societal costs and economic burden is axiomatic, but monetization studies have overlooked cost estimates of the disorder. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on a near census of institutionalized delinquents from Missouri, the current study devised new crime cost measures for self-reported

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Report says B.C.’s Mental Health Act needs overhaul – 2017-12-22

British Columbia is considered the most regressive jurisdiction in Canada for mental health detention and involuntary psychiatric treatment, with many practices violating individual human rights, according to a report released by the Community Legal Assistance Society of B.C. “B.C. has fallen far behind other Canadian jurisdictions on numerous measures. The

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Sadly, Society is Still Misinformed When it Comes to Those Found NCR – #MindVine – 2017-07-21

I get it, it’s complicated. Mental Illness is an illness that unfortunately receives compassion only when it is convenient or easy. As a society, we get Bell Let’s Talk with all the celebrities speaking about their challenges, we have compassion for children’s mental health and maybe, to some extent, we

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Self-harm in the criminal justice system: a public health opportunity – 2018-01

Self-harm is a global public health problem associated with increased morbidity, suicide risk, and premature mortality. The behaviour is more prevalent in marginalised groups, including people in prison. The burden of self-harm and suicide in prison is considerable; a study from the UK estimated that the annual prevalence of self-harm

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Service provider perspectives on a focused deterrence program – 2018

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to gain the perspectives from social service providers that are a key component in focused deterrence programs. All focused deterrence/pulling levers programs have at least two essential elements: first, the message to the target population that reoffending will be met with swift and

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She went to the hospital for mental illness. She ended up charged with 2 felonies – 2018-01-20

Amy Johnson was in the Ada County Jail and didn’t know what she’d done. Two days earlier, Johnson had called a friend to pick her up from work. She has bipolar disorder and felt a manic episode coming on. Colors were getting brighter. Her thoughts ricocheted from one thing to

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Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System – Webinar – 2017-12-20

People who have serious mental illnesses (SMIs) are increasingly overrepresented in the criminal justice system. But as leaders in behavioral health, psychiatrists are in a unique position to address the complex needs of this population. This webinar provides an overview of the primer, Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and

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What happens to assistance from Ontario Works or ODSP when someone is in custody? – 2018

Steps to Justice, 2018 https://stepstojustice.ca/what-happens-assistance-ontario-works-or-odsp-when-someone-custody

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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

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