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

The Forensic Mental Health System in Ontario: An Information Guide

The mental health system is the network of people and services that care for people with mental illness. The criminal justice system includes the courts, the institutions and the professionals that deal with people accused or convicted of crimes. If you have a mental illness and you come into contact with the law, you could become involved with the forensic mental health system.

This guide will help you learn about the forensic mental health system in Ontario. If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness and has come into contact with the law, you should read this guide.

Contents

  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
  9. Conclusion
  10. Glossary
  11. Where to go for more information

 

Acknowledgment

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) wishes to acknowledge the patients, families and professionals who helped to create this resource. Their expertise in the forensic mental health system has helped to make this an informative resource. Their commitment to providing clear, accessible information to those who need it deserves our thanks. Any shortcomings in this resource are solely the responsibility of CAMH.

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