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Forensic Secure Unit A (3-2)

The two Medium Secure Forensic Units (MSFU) are located at the Queen Street site. Each MSFU is a 20-bed unit with patients staying, on average, one to two years. The program provides treatment, care and rehabilitation for patients under the Ontario Review Board (ORB).

Patients ordered to this unit by the ORB have been legally found to be either Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) or Unfit. All patients have disposition orders from the ORB detaining them on a Medium Secure Forensic Unit at the Queen Street site of CAMH.

Patients are admitted with the goal of being rehabilitated and, when permitted, transferred to an alternate general forensic program in accordance with the patients' disposition orders from the ORB.

The treatment, care and rehabilitation needs of each forensic patient are undertaken with due regard to public safety and the special needs of the patient, within the least onerous and restrictive framework.

Care and service delivery functions on the MSFU are carried out within a multidisciplinary team model (primary nursing/case co-ordination). Where appropriate and consistent with the therapeutic goals, patients and families/significant others should be involved in the planning of rehabilitation and the formulation of treatment goals.

A variety of programs have been developed on the MSFU to meet the treatment, care and rehabilitation needs of the patients and to facilitate their reintegration into the community. For example, core forensic programs such as:

  • relapse prevention
  • anger management
  • symptom management
  • medication awareness
  • substance abuse
  • stress management and
  • life skills programs

are recommended for individual patients.

Referral Required: Yes, patients are required to have a medium secure order from the Ontario Review Board. Please contact Legal Counsel, Michele Warner,  (416) 535-8501, ext. 32880. E-mail: michele.warner@camh.ca

Contact: Unit 3-2, Anissa Lamb, Manager, (416) 535-8501, ext. 1110. E-mail: anissa_lamb@camh.net. Unit 3-3, Ursula Dengedza, Manager, (416) 535-8501, ext. 2169. E-mail: ursula.dengedza@camh.ca

Contact: Jim McNamee, Administrative Director, (416) 535-8501, ext. 2177. E-mail: jim.mcnamee@camh.ca

Email: Dr. Sandy Simpson, Clinical Director, (416) 535-8501, ext. 2994. E-mail: sandy.simpson@camh.ca

Contact: Fax: (416) 583-4319

Location: Queen Street site

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