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Complex Mental Illness/Forensic Services Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

ORB Coordination/Liaison

All matters pertaining to the admission, movement, transfer and discharge of ORB patients are coordinated and tracked by the Liaison Office. Other delegated functions of the Liaison Office are: the scheduling of ORB hearings, ensuring that hospital reports to the ORB meet specific requirements and are processed in a timely fashion and representing the Administration of CAMH at hearings. The Liaison Office staff provides information to both internal staff (as well as outside agency staff) regarding the legal requirements relating to the detention and treatment of patients under the auspices of the ORB. Participating in CAMH-wide staff educational sessions regarding the management of forensic patients is ongoing. Coordination of these tasks includes developing contacts at various courts, (mental health workers, duty counsels, transportation staff) liaising with legal counsels, the office of the Crown Attorney and the staff at the ORB.

Referral required: Individuals accepted into the Law and Mental Health Program are ordered to this facility by virtue of various types of court orders such as Treatment Orders, and Assessment or Detention orders in compliance with the Criminal Code of Canada. As such, there is no referral beyond an order of a Judge. Assessments are carried out within the parameters of the judicial system only. Screening for appropriate level of security is undertaken in consultation with legal counsel and medical personnel by the staff of the Liaison Office. Self-referrals or referrals from sources other than a court are not accepted.

Contact: The service can be accessed by telephone, fax or e-mail. 

Administrative Secretary, Caroline Grossi, (416) 535-8501, ext. 2419; Fax: (416) 583-4319; E-Mail: caroline.grossi@camh.ca

Michele Warner, Legal Counsel, Email:  michele.warner@camh.ca Phone: (416) 535-8501, ext. 32880, Fax: (416) 583-4319

Gavin MacKenzie, Legal Counsel, Email: gavin.mackenzie@camh.ca Phone: (416) 535-8501, ext. 30545, Fax: (416) 583-4319  

Location: 1001 Queen Street West, Unit 3-4th Floor, Toronto, ON  M6J 1H4

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Toronto, ON
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