September 20, 2017
11:00 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
The Work of the Mental Health Court (MHC) and Court Monitored Drug Treatment Program (“Drug Court”) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
About the Session:
This presentation will provide an overview of both the MHC and Drug Court. It will also encompass my personal perspective as a person who has experience of major mental illness and as a former advocate against such courts. Of particular interest may be that our drug court is specifically for those with opiate addictions and is unfunded – a true example of community collaboration working on a pressing social issue.
Aileen McGinty works as the Crown Attorney with the Mental Health and Court Monitored Drug Treatment Program in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She is a person with lived experience of major mental illness and has been involved in a variety of mental health organizations over the past 20 years. She is also a member of the CMHA National Board.
Navigating the Court System with a Dual Diagnosis
About the Session:
This presentation will look at how to navigate the court system for individuals who have a dual diagnosis, how to advocate for clients and how to best support individuals so they receive favourable outcomes. We will also look at the role of Dual Diagnosis Justice Case Management, a province-wide service offered in Ontario. The workings of mental health court will also be explored, in addition to how to work cross-sectorally.
Lisa St. Pierre is a program manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa Branch, managing the court outreach and dual diagnosis programs. Lisa has a background in developmental disabilities and mental health. She has a special interest in Motivational Interviewing and in ensuring therapeutic approaches are available to individuals who have a dual diagnosis.
Justice Heather Perkins-McVey was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in June 2009 and presides over Criminal matters in the Ottawa area and from July 2013 until July 2016 was the Local Administrative Judge for Ottawa. Justice Perkins-McVey was actively involved in setting up the Adult Mental Health Court and the Youth Mental Health Court in Ottawa. Justice Perkins-McVey now sits on the Justice and Mental Health Expert Panel for the Provincial Youth Justice Collaborative Program.
Delivery of the Only Mental Health Court within Northwestern Ontario: A Northern Perspective
About the Session:
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch along with multiple partners from the Kenora Rainy River District Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee identified a need within Northwestern Ontario to develop a specialized mental health court to address the ongoing needs of individuals entering into the criminal justice system. This court is unique in the delivery of the Court Diversion/Court Support Program and other supports associated with the court as the geography and characteristics of communities within the District are complex and unique. This court has developed unique strategies to ensure that clients within this geographical region have access to the court from their home communities. The court through ongoing partnerships has developed a continuum of care to assist in reducing the gaps that clients face throughout their journey within the criminal justice system. CMHA Kenora Branch will provide an overview of the strategies in place that have supported the outcomes of reducing clients involvement with the criminal justice system as well as reduce clients readmission to the hospital within Northwestern Ontario.
Sara Dias is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora Branch and has completed a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Criminology and a Minor in Native Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Social work all, form the University of Manitoba. Sara was instrumental in initiating the Mental Health Court in Kenora and her thesis research was focused in Forensic Mental Health with a focus on examining the Mental Health Court in Kenora and if the court reduced individuals contact the criminal justice system and contact with hospital emergency rooms.
Jessica Gilbertson, B.A. (Hons.) holds a Bachelor of Honors and is the Court Diversion/Court Support Worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch. Jessica provides all the intake and screening for clients within the Court Diversion/Court Support Program and for individuals within the Mental Health Court.
Derek Laffin, B.Ed.. holds an Honors Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. Derek has also completed the Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Program from Mohawk College- ADAT and Addictions courses and has worked in the Mental Health field for over 27 years. Derek currently works as the Forensics Case Manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch Program.