Forensic Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit (FARU)

The Forensic Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit (FARU) is a 20-bed unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) for patients on Disposition Orders from the Ontario Review Board (ORB) who require a secure setting and for patients referred by the court system who require a secure setting. An interprofessional healthcare team provides assessment of criminal responsibility and court-ordered treatment to determine if individuals are fit to stand trial.
The team provides recovery-focused treatment, and works with patients to develop and implement individual care plans. The team provides support and assistance in a safe and therapeutic environment as patients move towards a less restrictive environment and ultimately return to the community.
Services include:

  • Psychiatric assessment to assist the consideration of Ontario courts and in treatment planning
  • Psychosocial assessment 
  • Psychological assessment
  • Family assessment
  • Recovery focused treatment
  • Individual care plans
  • Developmental, educational and behavioural management programs

How to access this service

Forensic patients are referred through the court system or under the jurisdiction of the ORB.
For information pertaining to admission to the Forensic Program and for court related inquiries, please contact:
Robin Bowerman
905.430.4055 ext. 6580 (local)
800.341.6323 ext. 6580 (toll free)
905.665.2460 (fax)