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The Forensic Mental Health System in Ontario: An Information Guide Centre for Addiction
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The Forensic Mental Health System in Ontario: An Information Guide

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General information

Canadian Mental Health Association(CMHA) offers general information on mental health issues. CMHA has published a guide called Coping with Mental Illness in Toronto (1998). Or call CMHA at 416 484-7750 for other information.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

The Law and Mental Health Program web site provides information on the services offered, as well as a brief description of some important issues in forensic mental health.

The Family Council supports the families of people who are involved with CAMH. The Family Council seeks to empower families by providing advocacy, support and information. Call 416 535-8501 (ext. 6499 or 6490).

The Family Resource Centre is a program of the Family Council, providing information and ongoing support to family members of those receiving mental health services at CAMH. Call 416 535-8501 (ext. 4015).

Consent and capacity

For more information on the Consent and Capacity Board, visit their Web site at www.ccboard.on.ca.

Dual diagnosis

Note: Although dual diagnosis sometimes also means a combination of mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction, these services are only for people who have a dual diagnosis of mental illness and intellectual disability.

Dual Diagnosis Program , CAMH, 416 535-8501 (ext. 7809). This service is for people who have both a mental illness and an intellectual disability (also known as "developmental delay" or "mental retardation"). The service includes phone consultation, time-limited assessment, treatment and supports for consumers, their support networks and their service providers.

Concerned Parents of Toronto Inc. provides support and information to families to help them support those with a dual diagnosis. Phone them at 416 492-1468 or e-mail them at thejohnstons@attglobal.net.

Other organizations and services

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME): If someone you care about has been diagnosed with a mental illness, you can contact FAME at 416 207-5032 for more information.

Legal Aid Ontario will provide affordable legal counsel to those who are unable to pay regular legal fees. You can reach Legal Aid at 1 800 668-8258 or 416 598-0200 (in Toronto), or visit their Web site at www.legalaid.on.ca.

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario has expertise in mood disorders such as bipolar affective disorder or major depressive disorder. If someone you care about has been diagnosed with a mood disorder, contact Mood Disorders Association of Ontario at 1 888 486-8236 or 416 486-8046 (in Toronto) for information.

Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO): The PPAO has created a few different booklets on issues to do with psychiatric clients and the law. Call PPAO at 1 800 578-2343 or 416 327-7000 (in Toronto), or visit their Web site at www.ppao.gov.on.ca

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario provides family-based advocacy and can be reached at www.schizophrenia.on.ca or 1 800 449-6367 or 416 449-6830 (in Toronto).

The Forensic Mental Health System in Ontario: An Information Guide

  1. Introduction
  2. Who works in the forensic mental health system?
  3. What happens inside the forensic mental health system?
  4. The Ontario Review Board (ORB)
  5. Accepting or refusing treatment in the forensic mental health system
  6. Living in a forensic mental health setting
  7. Family, friends and the forensic mental health system
  8. Leaving the forensic mental health system

Conclusion

Glossary

Where to go for more information

CAMH Switchboard 416-535-8501
CAMH General Information Toronto: 416-595-6111 Toll Free: 1-800-463-6273
Connex Ontario Help Lines
Queen St.
1001 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON
M6J 1H4
Russell St.
33 Russell St.
Toronto, ON
M5S 2S1
College St.
250 College St.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1R8
Eight offices across Ontario