Mental Health Court Support Program

Type of Service

Diversion and Court Support

Program Description

In consultation with the court, this program diverts people with serious mental illness from the court system to mental health and community support services. Once consumers have been referred for diversion, court support workers assist consumers in finding services they need. The program also provides consultation for court clients who do not qualify for diversion, linking clients to mental health and support services to facilitate bail or to assist with sentencing. In some circumstances, the program also provides intensive case management to clients. The program also provides information and support to family and loved ones of mentally ill persons in conflict with the legal system. Clients are served through the Ontario Court of Justice: Metro West (Highway 400 and Finch Ave.) and Metro East (Scarborough) Courts. Model of service is mental health court support/diversion. Average length of stay varies depending on need and particular legal circumstances.

Organization's Current Reported COVID-19 Response

CMHA Toronto main offices and 24/7 residential programs remain open with social distancing in effect. All drop-in programs and groups such as Routes, Pathways and Women’s Groups are suspended unless you have been notified if they are taking place online or over the phone. Our staff are providing peer support for members over the phone. Non-essential in-person appointments will be limited or rescheduled.

Program Restricted To

Clients with Legal Issues

Access Information

Clients must have charges at the Toronto East or Toronto West courts. Participation in the program is voluntary and anyone may make a referral including accused persons, family and/or loved ones, service providers, lawyers, police and the courts. Referrals can be made by contacting respective programs directly by phone or in-person.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 416-789-7957

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Municipalities: (Etobicoke; Toronto); West Toronto and Etobicoke
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