Mental Health & the Law

Serving the Northeast Region of Ontario, the Mental Health and the Law Service of the North Bay Regional Health Centre is designated by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to provide court-related forensic psychiatric assessment, treatment and community outreach support to adults with serious mental illness who are in conflict with the law.  The courts are supported by the expert advice and opinions of our  specialized psychiatrists and inter-professional teams who also work to facilitate the reintegration of patients back into the community in a safe and progressive manner, engaging family members, significant others and community partners.

Core Services

Specialized inpatient assessment, rehabilitation and treatment services are provided in secure[1] and general[2] settings. A number of transitional services are also provided including case management, transitional housing and, outreach support and follow-up. Transitional services are designed and organized around the goal of patient self-sufficiency and community placement.

Services include:

  • Inpatient court-ordered assessments for Fitness to Stand Trial[3] and Criminal Responsibility[4] are completed in our 14-bed co-ed secure unit, Deer Lodge
  • Outpatient or video court-ordered assessments for Fitness to Stand Trial
  • Expert testimony for the courts and care planning with families and partners via video
  • Specialized risk assessments to assist with treatment planning and risk evaluation
  • Risk management to support a gradual, safe and sustainable return to community living
  • Treatment and rehabilitation in Heron Lodge, a secure 14-bed co-ed unit and in Owl Lodge, a general 16-bed co-ed unit
  • Transitional community rehabilitation in Osprey Lodge, a general 8-bed co-ed unit
  • Transitional case management
  • Community rehabilitation at Maplewood House, a community-based 4 bedroom supervised residence
  • Community outreach and follow-up

Our Inter-Professional Collaborative Teams

Treatment and rehabilitation is individualized, focused on recovery and community reintegration. We support an inter-professional collaborative team approach that includes the disciplines of forensic psychiatry, general psychiatry, family medicine, psychology, nursing, addictions counselling, social work, case management, occupational therapy, behaviour therapy, recreation therapy and vocational rehabilitation.  Patients also have access to a number of hospital-wide services including the patient advocate, Aboriginal counsellors, peer support specialists and art therapy.  Our team works closely with our legal coordinators and legal counsel to ensure compliance with the Ontario Review Board decisions.  Our outreach team also liaises with community agencies to ensure the safe transition and reintegration of patients.

Family Involvement

We welcome and encourage the involvement of family in the care and treatment of our patients. The treatment team values your input and welcomes your involvement.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our units or members of our team by calling the hospital switchboard at 705-474-8600.

[1]Access to areas outside of the unit is controlled by security
[2]Access to areas outside of the unit controlled by unit staff
[3]Fitness to Stand Trial relates to a person’s mental capacity to understand the nature, object or consequences of what happens in court, and communicate and instruct a lawyer
[4]Criminal responsibility relates to an individual’s mental capacity at the time of the offence and appreciation of the nature or quality of the act and knowing that it is wrong

Mental Health & the Law

Contact Us:

Referrals to our services are ordered by the courts or the Ontario Review Board. To make a referral, please call 705-499-0014.

North Bay

50 College Drive,
P.O. Box 2500
North Bay, ON
P1B 5A4
Tel: 705-474-8600

Sudbury

680 Kirkwood Drive,
Sudbury, ON
P3E 1X3
Tel: 705-675-9193
Fax: 705-675-6817

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