Court Diversion & Support Program


About the Program

The program offers court support and diversion services to individuals experiencing mental health issues who come in contact with the Criminal Justice System.

Who is Eligible
Individuals 18 years and older considered to have a Serious Mental Illness, Developmental Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Concurrent Diagnosis, Dual Diagnosis or Acquired Brain Injury who have come into contact with the Criminal Justice System.

The Program is Offered throughout the Rainy River District

The Program Provides

  • Assistance Accessing Duty Counsel and/or Legal Aid
  • Mental Health Diversion Planning
  • Assistance Retaining Legal Counsel
  • Case Management
  • Custody Release Planning
  • Probation/Ontario Review Board Support Services
  • Advocacy and Referral
  • Community Outreach

Individuals may be referred to the Court Diversion & Support Program by various sources including the Court, Crown Attorney, Defence/Duty Counsel, Probation Officer, community service providers, family members, as well as self referrals.

Referrals can be made any time during an individual’s legal process by contacting CMHA Court Diversion & Support Worker, so feel free to Contact Us.

Court Diversion & Support Program
Box 446 - 612 Portage Avenue
Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8
Phone: 807-274-2347
Fax: 807-274-3515
Michelle Mauro Court Diversion & Support Worker 807-274-2347 ext 210
Rikki Kellar Court Diversion & Support Worker 807-24-2347 ext 257

Additional Information

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario: Justice and Mental Health Program (JAMH) – Support for families

Connex Ontario Health Services Information

CMHA Ontario – Mental Health and Justice webpage:

Ontario Review Board

Ontario Court of Justice

Criminal Code

Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee provincial webpage