Mental Health Court Support Service

Type of Service

Diversion and Court Support

Program Description

Cota Health's Mental Health Court Support service provides support to individuals with serious mental illness who have been charged within a low-risk criminal offense. We offer this service at the 1000 Finch Avenue W. Court in North York. The Mental Health Court Support staff helps people facing criminal charges who would be better served by the mental health system. Services offered include: diversion from the criminal justice system to the mental health system; assessment of need and development of a recovery oriented court diversion plan; referring to and accessing short-term and/or long-term services in the mental health system such as case management and supportive housing; education and consultation to other services within the court setting (e.g., judges, defence council, crown attorneys, etc.) relating to consumer issues, mental illness, mental health services and the mental health system.

Program Restricted To

Clients with Legal Issues
Forensic Clients

Access Information

Adults (16+ years of age) who are living with a serious mental illness and are presently involved with the court as a result of being charged with a criminal offense. If the person is before the court, he/she can be referred to Cota Health's Mental Health Court Support Services by anyone involved in the proceedings (e.g., the person who has been charged, family or friends, police, crown attorney, defence council, judge or other service provides). Referrals are accepted directly at Cota Health's Mental Health Court Support office within the court itself.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 416-667-0933

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Municipalities: (North York); Cases heard in North York court house at 1000 Finch Ave
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed
Note No smoking allowed in office building.




Main Hours

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