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Human Services and Justice

August 2014

New Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems Map

With extensive feedback from the HSJCC Network and consultation with the broader human services and justice community, CMHA Ontario has released a revamped map of the Adult Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems. This map was originally created in 2009 as part of the CMHA Ontario Network issue on Forensic Mental Health (see page 14). The new map provides an overview of the various pathways through the criminal justice and mental health systems with a focus on where these two systems intersect.  Although this map provides a general overview, it is important to note that each individual’s case can be different and not all journeys through these systems are reflected in this map.

The aim of this new resource is to assist individuals who have come into contact with the law and may be appearing before the court, as well as their families and others who support them, to navigate the two systems.  While this map looks at adults aged 18 or older, there is also a youth map which was created by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that looks at youth aged 12 to 17.

The creation of these two maps marks the first step towards the development of a comprehensive set of resources for individuals who have come into contact with the law and their families as well as service providers who work at the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems. We are now beginning to work on a provincial booklet for the adult criminal justice and mental health systems. This booklet will be based on the one created by the Kitchener HSJCC in 2010, titled Mental Health, the Justice System and You. We also hope to create a similar booklet for the youth justice system. Stay tuned for these new resources as well as a series of webinars that will provide further context and details for each step through these systems.

View the Adult Criminal Justice & Mental Health Systems Map in English.

View the Adult Criminal Justice & Mental Health Systems Map in French.

View the Youth Criminal Justice & Mental Health Systems Map in English.

View the Youth Criminal Justice & Mental Health Systems Map in French.

Dorina Simeonov
Policy Analyst

Making an evidence-informed model work for the Champlain Justice Service Collaborative 

Intersections” is an early intervention model that focuses on navigation and coordination of services for youth (ages 11 to 13) with suspected mental health and/or addictions issues, who are at risk of becoming justice involved. It’s been developed by the Champlain Youth Justice Service Collaborative (CYJSC) to improve well-being and reduce involvement with police services. Intersections is adapted from the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion Model, an evidence-informed model developed by the Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England.
Earlier this year, the CYJSC completed a critical components exercise, where members applied their professional and lived experience in the Champlain community as a lens to understand what is most important, and what can be adapted or modified to achieve optimal results. (Read more on this first step here.)
Building from the critical components exercise, the Champlain Implementation team established the “What” and the “How” of the intervention. The “What” is the intervention, whereas the “How” is about how it would play out in the different communities. This ensures a cross-Champlain umbrella understanding of the program, while keeping in mind that how it would look on the ground depends on the services available in each region of Champlain.
21 dedicated implementation team members worked hard to adapt the Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion model into an intervention that reflects the needs of the Champlain communities. Regional implementation teams were created to engage key community partners so that Intersections would resonate with each unique community.
The next phase of the project is preparing for the initial implementation of Intersections in the Fall of 2014. Throughout the summer, regional groups that will be launching Intersections in the fall will be working hard to solidify the final operational aspects of the intervention with the support of CAMH project resources. Projected timelines associated with the launch will entail training around Intersections in the regions in early September, with the intervention operational in October.
Read the full article, with more information on Champlain’s communities and how Intersections is being adapted in each, here.

For more information on a Service Collaborative in your area, and a map of all 18 Service Collaboratives, click here.

Stephanie Sliekers
Communications Coordinator, Provincial System Support Program (PSSP)
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

ARCH Disability Law Centre is Seeking Two Board Members

ARCH’s Nominating Committee invites applications from across Ontario from those interested in serving on the ARCH Board of Directors to fill two vacancies.
The Committee is seeking, in particular, someone with an accounting or financial management background and someone from Northern Ontario. According to the by-laws, the ARCH Board is to be composed of 13 directors and a majority of the directors must be persons with disabilities.
Prospective directors should know that ARCH provides legal services throughout Ontario for persons with disabilities.  Applicants should have at least 5-10 hours a month to dedicate to ARCH.  This includes preparation for and attendance at Board meetings, in person or by telephone conference call, participation on at least one committee, and participation at occasional day-long events, including planning meetings.  ARCH reimburses directors for travel costs and covers disability accommodation expenses.  
The Nominating Committee will review the list of prospective directors, interview selected applicants and do its best to nominate a slate of individuals who collectively cover as many of the skills, experience and geographic coverage it has identified to strengthen the Board’s capacity to effectively lead ARCH over the next two years.
The Nominating Committee requests that interested applicants send an email expressing interest together with a resumé or short biography to by:
September 5, 2014 to Ivana Petricone at

The HSJCC network is mentioned as a best practice in the new UK report, "Mental Health and Criminal Justice - What Can We Learn from Liaison and Diversion in the USA and Canada?".

Also featured is the partnership between the Hamilton Police Service and St. Joseph's Healthcare, and the Mental Health and Justice Safe Beds initiative in Toronto.

Northeast Regional HSJCC partners on NCR Webinar

The “Not Criminally Responsible” Bill became law on April 11, 2014.  This recorded webinar walks the viewer through the bill and how it may change the legal and clinical practice of those working in the fields of human services and justice.
Visit the HSJCC Website

Justice Issues

Canada Sticking To Tough On Crime Approach, While U.S. Slowly Moving Away: Report
The Canadian Press

Criminalization of Mental Illness: It’s a Crime
National Alliance on Mental Illness

The animal in you: Animalistic descriptions of a violent crime increase punishment of perpetrator
Aggressive Behavior

The Hidden Power of Courts That Heal
The Huffington Post
Developmental Disabilities

The Select Committee on Developmental Services of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario issued a report called "Inclusion and Opportunity - A New Path for Developmental Services in Ontario".

Crisis of wait lists for developmentally disabled people in Ontario
Caledon Citizen

Adults with autism focus of new Ontario working group
Toronto Star

Comparison of social circumstances, substance use and substance-related harm in soon-to-be-released prisoners with and without intellectual disability
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Yukon's 'pioneer' FASD residence is working: staff
Acquired Brain Injury

Head injury link to reoffending
The Press and Journal UK

Team studying acquired brain injuries in Hamilton inmates
Hamilton Spectator
Mental Health

The Geel question
For centuries, a little Belgian town has treated the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?

Canada and France to co-host Global Dementia Legacy Event in September
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Pam Owen, beaten mental health worker, doesn't blame attacker

Mental illness: A depressing failure of public policy
The Globe and Mail
Submit articles and events to the Editor, Trevor Tymchuk, at

Survey: 70 Percent of US Jail Inmates Are Mentally Ill
Standard Examiner

Severely mentally ill offender almost dumped at emergency as her sentence ended
Ottawa Citizen

Prison guards not trained to deal with severely mentally ill: union
The Canadian Press

Ontario jail guards’ union pushing members to report minor assaults police
The London Free Press

Inmate committed suicide after being left in solitary confinement for 162 days, inquiry concludes
Northern Journal

Exposing ‘Sex’ Offenders - Precarity, Abjection and Violence in the Canadian Federal Prison System
British Journal of Criminology

Corrections Canada seeks new powers as contraband seizures rise

The independent review of the use of lethal force by the Toronto Police Service issued their report in July 2014. Entitled "Police Encounters with People in Crisis", the full report and an executive summary can be found at

Justice Frank Iacobucci lays out 84 recommendations for police
City Centre Mirror

Implementing Iacobucci's recommendations won't be simple: Mukherjee
Toronto Sun

Evaluating Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams in Toronto
Centre for Research on Inner City Health - St. Michael’s Hospital

Mental health commission calls for more experts in police training

Mental health report calls for better police training in ‘de-escalation’ techniques

MHCC Report Outlines Training and Education Recommendations to Improve Interactions between Police and People with Mental Illness
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Police must reach out to mentally ill, says new Waterloo Chief Bryan Larkin

A Canadian Perspective on Addiction Treatment
Substance Abuse

An upside-down struggle
Daughter's death shaped drug court judge's view of addiction, redemption
Portland Tribune

Development of national strategy on prescription drug abuse a collective action
Guelph Mercury

Violent offending severity among injecting drug users: Examining risk factors and issues around classification
Addictive Behaviors
Forensic System

Characteristics and motivations of absconders from forensic mental health services: a case-control study
BMC Psychiatry

Staff at new Waypoint facility say an escape was imminent
QMI Agency

Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care wins international design award
St. Thomas Times-Journal

Inpatient aggression by mentally ill offenders: a retrospective case-control study
The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology

Exploring Individual Factors Associated with Critical Incidents in a Secure Psychiatric Setting: A Preliminary Study
Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Evaluator differences in Psychopathy Checklist-Revised factor and facet scores
Law and Human Behavior

When the hospital is behind bars
Yukon News
Children and Youth

Homeless youth and mental health: What’s next?
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Characteristics of female patients admitted to an adolescent secure forensic psychiatric hospital
The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology

Using Developmental Science to Reorient Our Thinking about Criminal Offending in Adolescence
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

The Current Status of Evidence-Based Practice in Juvenile Justice
Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work


Upcoming Events

International FASD Awareness Day
September 9, 2014
Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

PSR-RPS Canada - Partners in Recovery - Uncovering Potential
September 22 - 24, 2014
Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada is a leader in transforming the mental health sector to be an inclusive society where people achieve full social inclusion. The Association promotes psychosocial rehabilitation principles and the growth of psychosocial rehabilitation practices in Canada.

Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 5 - 11, 2014
One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Thousands of pieces of MIAW posters, brochures, and bookmarks featuring the Faces are disseminated to hundreds of organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Forging  Responses to a Marginalized Population
October 22, 2014
Ontario’s youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are increasingly being diagnosed with, and are likely to suffer from, mental health disorders in their lifetime. As a result, there is a demand for knowledge of their needs amongst clinicians in the province’s adult mental health sector. This one-day conference will be of interest to psychiatrists, family doctors and mental health clinicians.

A Day in the Life of a Charged Youth - York-South Simcoe 2014 Conference
October 29, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stuart Shanker, Research Professor & Director, York University
Hosted by the York - South Simcoe Regional Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee.

Stripped Down: The Bare Essentials of Being Human in Human Services
Keene (near Peterborough)
December 12, 2014
An Educational Retreat Day for all Health, Social Work and Justice Professionals. Are you Feeling - Depleted, tired, burnt out or drained?  Come and gain successful coping strategies for growing and thriving as you are changed by your work.

More Event Listings

Useful Links

Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry
Dedicated to promoting mental health in the Canadian elderly population through the clinical, educational and research activities of its members.

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
The Society offers a resource of scientific and medical information about Addiction, for professionals and the general public. Bulletin articles with news and views, Definitions, Policy Statements, and networking are available to improve the understanding, assessment, treatment, prevention and research related to Addiction Medicine in Canada and around the world.

CIT International
CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team CIT programs throughout the United States and in other nations worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and also to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Geneva Centre for Autism
We offer a wide range of clinical services which are determined individually for each person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All of our clinical services are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of trained, experienced and empathic professionals including speech-language pathologists, behaviour analysts, therapists, early childhood educators, occupational therapists, developmental paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
AAPL (pronounced "apple") is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching, and research in forensic psychiatry. Founded in 1969, AAPL currently has more than 1,500 members in North America and around the world.

Council for Health Improvement through Research and Practice
CHIRP is the Council for Health Improvement through Research and Practice, a not-for-profit society which promotes the interaction of health professionals of many modalities, allowing them to interact and communicate, and thereby enhance their abilities as practitioners and researchers. We seek to gain knowledge from each other, and bring health into a new era.

Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with ASD, created to identify and help respond to the complex needs of this group, is composed of representatives from major providers of mental health services, professional medical and allied health groups, and leading autism spectrum organizations.

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