Diversion and Court Support Program

Type of Service

Diversion and Court Support

Program Description

Court Support is provided in cases involving individuals charged with a minor criminal offence in Waterloo Region that are believed to be connected to a significant mental health issue or concurrent disorder. Support and consultation is provided to individuals, families, legal professionals and community partners involved in Mental Health, Drug Court and Bail Court proceedings in Kitchener. Cases from Cambridge court can be transferred to Mental Health Court or Drug Court. Mental Health Court Support also includes: assisting with screening for eligibility for Mental Health Court; providing general consultation regarding mental health issues and/or court processes; developing Mental Health Court and Mental Health Diversion plans to address individuals' needs such as finding housing and connections to community support and treatment; developing alternative diversion plans for individuals that are not eligible for Mental Health Diversion, upon referral from the Crown Attorney (e.g., creating a plan for an individual with a developmental challenge involving support from their developmental service provider); developing Bail Release plans, in cooperation with Bail Supervision partners, for individuals who may require mental health support; gathering prior treatment and support information of individuals appearing in court; and rationalizing other disorders such as acquired brain injury and dementia that may be considered on a case-to-case basis.

Program Restricted To

Clients with Legal Issues

Access Information

Referrals come through the mental health court, criminal justice system and/or Here 24/7. Person must be experiencing significant mental health issues that contributed to their contact with the criminal justice system.

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Toll-Free 844-437-3247
Fax 844-437-3329

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 18 and up
Catchment Counties: (Waterloo)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed


English Interpretation Services


Main Hours

Monday 0900-1700
Tuesday 0900-1700
Wednesday 0900-1700
Thursday 0900-1700
Friday 0900-1700