CAMH's Brief Assessment Unit (BAU) primarily provides a consultative, time-limited psychiatric competency assessment, usually related to forensic "fitness" issues for adult offenders.
Its primary referral sources are courts within the Greater Toronto Area. Limited capacity is available for the provision of forensic psychiatric assessments of individuals facing charges under the Young Offenders Act. Assessments of Young Offenders may also include a detailed psychological assessment/ evaluation, depending upon presenting issues.
Psychiatric staff also provide brief assessments of competency/"fitness" for accused appearing at the Mental Health Court at Old City Hall, Toronto. Verbal opinions regarding forensic issues and fitness are presented in the court environment following psychiatric assessment.
Referral Required: A court-based judicial order is a mandatory pre-requisite for psychiatric consultations provided through this service
Contact: Mary DeSousa, Court Liaison Worker, (416) 535-8501, ext. 32936, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: (416) 583-4327
Location: Queen Street site, Unit 3 - 4th floor, 1001 Queen St West, Toronto