Forensic Mental Health in Ontario – A System Overview [2021-11-17]

The provincial Forensic Mental Health System is legislatively required to provide a wide range of forensic services in collaboration with the Courts and the Ontario Review Board . Called the “gold-card” of services for its comprehensive nature, individuals at every stage of the system are expected to receive an inclusive array of clinical supports and services from hospitals and community agencies, including assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and high-support community transitional services.

This presentation will focus on recent and ongoing funding for alternative care pathways and collaborative approaches to the delivery of forensic services, including:

  • an overview of the forensic system in Ontario
  • the provision of forensic assessments for youth across the province by hospital Youth Forensic Service Programs (YFS), and
  • the provision of the Transitional Rehabilitation Housing Program (TRHP) for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or dual diagnosis that are in forensic beds and appropriate for community placement.


Dianna Cochrane | Ministry of Health

Oana Decuseara | Ministry of Health