The term ‘Forensics’ is used in mental health to describe a situation where the legal and mental health systems interact. This occurs when an individual who has a serious mental illness comes in contact with the law as a result of committing a crime. The courts may find an individual Not Criminally Responsible or Unfit to Stand Trial on account of a mental illness. In these circumstances, the Ontario Review Board (ORB) will refer individuals to a mental health care facility with an order for assessment and/or treatment. The ORB is responsible to determine the level of security required to keep both the individual and the public safe.

The Forensics Program at Ontario Shores

The Forensic Program at Ontario Shores provides assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and community reintegration services to patients who have come in contact with the law. With individual recovery plans, patients can progress to a less restrictive environment and return to the community, consistent with public safety and within the limits of their defined Ontario Review Board (ORB) Dispositions. 

The Forensic Program provides a General and Secure Forensic Service and follow up care for individuals living in the community. It is comprised of six in-patient Care Units and a Forensic Outpatient Service.

Three Secure Forensic Service Units:

Three General Forensic Service Units:

The Forensic program also includes a Forensic Outpatient Service (FOS), as well as Forensic Youth Assessment. The Forensic Program provides consultation, education and research services to other organizations and the broader mental health community upon request. 

How to Access Forensic Services

Forensic patients are referred through the court system only, or under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review Board.

For information pertaining to admission to the Forensic Program and for court related inquiries, please contact:

Robin Bowerman
905.668.5881 ext. 6580 (local)
800.341.6323 ext. 6580 (toll free)
905.665.2460 (fax)

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