Release From Custody Program

Type of Service

Case Management/Supportive Counselling & Services - Mental Health

Program Description

To provide release planning case management to non-violent adults with a serious mental illness. Model of service is recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation.

Organization's Current Reported COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response: Our office location in Stratford where our reception function is located will continue to operate daily between 9 am and 5 pm (Monday to Friday). In addition to the HP Crisis Support Program, CMHA’s after-hours response line continues to be available after hours and weekends (519 274 2848). Clients and office visitors will be encouraged to telephone rather than visit our office. Symptom screening will take place in Stratford office and other office locations when they are open. Business functions – rent collections, payments, and other financial functions will continue from the Stratford office. CMHA HP offers a number of clinics which allow clients to have contact with a case manager. These clinics run in our Stratford office every Wednesday 1 pm to 4 pm, Goderich office every Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm, Seaforth office 1st and 3rd Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm. Telephone contact will be encouraged at clinics, however, face to face meetings will be held in each of these three locations. Monthly clinics held in Listowel and Wingham are held in community locations which are now closed. Only telephone contact will be available. James’ Place (Safe Bed) is an important program which provides an alternative to hospital admission for many clients in acute stress. The program normally operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. In our effort to defer clients in mental health crisis coming to emergency departments and psychiatric units, CMHA HP may provide additional nights of support if we are able to maintain staff support CMHA HP sponsors 10 peer groups in Huron County which provide social and recreational opportunities. Although this social interaction is essential at this challenging time, we have suggested that groups not hold meetings for the rest of this month. Many of the groups use community locations which are not available at this time. We are looking at using our teleconference system to hold virtual meetings for members and other ways to maintain contact. Our Peer Support in Hospital staff person will restrict visits to the psychiatric unit based the advice of hospital staff. CMHA’s participation in SIMPLE, a DBT group with the Stratford Family Health Team, will be postponed for 2 weeks. This will be evaluated after this time. New requests for service will continue to be taken, our intake staff will conduct interviews by telephone.

Program Restricted To

Clients with Legal Issues

Access Information

Intakes are taken through reception and forwarded to Intake Worker for initial assessment. Case manager will also complete intake in a correctional facility.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 519-273-1391
Toll-Free 888-875-2944

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Counties: (Huron; Perth)
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