Peterborough Community Support Court (CSC) is a mental health and substance use diversion court in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Community Support Court (CSC) was created in 2011 with the goal of supporting individuals in our community who are living with mental health concerns, substance use concerns and/or intellectual disabilities, and have been charged with a criminal offence.
Community Support Court presents as an alternative to the regular court process and is a specialized court for those who are living with mental health, substance use, and/or intellectual disability. The goal is to support these individuals in accessing and utilizing community supports that address the underlying concern behind their criminal charge, thereby reducing the rate of incarcerations, convictions, and recidivism.
How does it Work?
Individuals who choose to take part in Community Support Court are connected to a Case Manager from one of our partnering agencies. After an application is made, and once the client is accepted into one of the three streams the client and Case Manager work together to make a treatment plan which addresses the concerns which may have contributed to the alleged offences before the court. While the client is responsible for completing this treatment plan, the Case Manager supports the client throughout the process through regular check-ins, referrals to appropriate agencies, etc. Once the treatment plan is complete, the client is sentenced appropriate to the stream in which they were accepted into.
If the client does not complete the treatment plan, they are sent back to the regular court stream.