Programs

Overview

The Community Support Court is a specialized criminal court which is designed to assist individuals with mental health, substance use issues, and/or intellectual impairment.

CSC is an opportunity for individuals who have had many encounters with the justice system, and if connected, are currently facing a custodial sentence, to enter into a treatment plan before the court and address the issues that underlie the criminal behavior.

The treatment plan will be specific to your needs.  It will provide you with goals and help you become stabilized and supported within the community.

This is a voluntary program, which includes regular court appearances, alcohol and drug treatment, possible drug testing, and regular appointments with your case manager.

The CSC team includes the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT).  The MDT consists of a Judge, Provincial/Federal Crown, Psychiatrist, Mental Health service provider, Addiction service provider, Probation, your defence lawyer (if you have retained counsel) and your community Case Manager.  The program length will be determined by each participant’s progress but will generally be no less than six months and no longer than 24 months.

CSC consists of three streams

Streams

Community Support Court offers three streams:
a) Diversion
b) Track 1
c) Track 2

a) Diversion

Through successful completion of a treatment plan, your criminal charge(s) before the court are withdrawn. You do not enter into a guilty plea.
Duration: 4-6 months

b) Track 1

You enter into a guilty plea before a Judge
You complete your treatment plan
Duration: 4-8 months

c) Track 2

Create an individualized community treatment plan (CTIP). Your participation in the plan will be monitored by your Case Manager.

The plan may include:

  • Counselling
  • Community service work (volunteering)
  • Stabilized housing
  • Abstinence (no non-medically prescribed drugs) for a period of time
  • Drug testing through urine screens
  • Personal goals
  • Mental health stability

Duration: 12-18 months