Mental Health and Justice Prevention Program

Type of Service

Case Management/Supportive Counselling & Services - Mental Health

Program Description

Cota Health's Mental Health & Justice: Prevention Program provides individualized support to clients living with a serious mental illness who are at significant risk of involvement or reinvolvement with the criminal justice system. Our Mental Health & Justice: Prevention Program case managers work collaboratively with their clients to provide client centred support aimed at assisting them to minimize the probability of future involvement with the justice system and live safe, active and fulfilling lives within the community.

Supports offered typically include: comprehensive assessment, collaborative development of a personalized safety plan, collaborative development and implementation of an individualized recovery/goal plan and assistance to achieve/maintain optimum health and wellness. Also offer direct support in the following areas: assistance with legal issues/proceedings, education about the nature of the person's mental illness, support and education to caregivers and/or the person's support network, development of self-management strategies, encouragement of emotional support and motivation, development of personal support networks, development/maintenance of abilities relating to activities of daily living and referring to and accessing other desired/needed community and primary health care services.

Program Restricted To

Clients with Legal Issues

Access Information

Adults (18+ years of age) who are living with a serious mental illness, or presenting with behaviour suggesting a serious mental health issue with possible co-occurring disabilities including dual diagnosis and other cognitive disabilities and referred from police or probation officer that the individual is at moderate or high risk of being charged with a criminal offence or currently facing charges or who had charges or was released from jail within the past year or have five of the following: two or more prior convictions; currently substance abuse or significant history of substance abuse; poor living arrangement - homeless or at risk of homelessness or three or more address changes in the last year; current family conflict; financial stress (applicant's financial situation is a current stressor); lacks informal social supports, subject to two or more police mental health calls or apprehensions within the past year; history of violence; active symptoms of a major mental illness; absence of participation in an organized activity, i.e. employment, school, volunteer work, leisure activity, mental health or social support programming.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 416-785-9230
Toll-Free 888-785-2779
Fax 416-785-9358

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 18 and up
Catchment Municipalities: (North York); Keele to Dufferin and Steeles to Sheppard
Wheelchair Access No


Policy Allowed
Note No smoking allowed inside office building.

Application Referral Forms




Main Hours

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