The Forensic Outreach Services Program provides specialized mental health services to individuals found “Unfit to Stand Trial” or “Not Criminally Responsible” and living in the community under a disposition order of the Ontario Review Board throughout the Northeast Region.
Treatment and rehabilitation is individualized, focused on recovery and community reintegration, and provided by a multidisciplinary team.
The Forensic Outreach program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team that includes Nurses, Occupational Therapist and Concurrent Disorders Specialist that provide ongoing psychiatric and psychosocial support to all individuals on a disposition order from the Ontario Review Board and living in the community. They remain involved until the patient receives an absolute discharge and are responsible for risk management and ensuring their patients comply with the terms of their disposition order. They work closely with all community agencies involved in their patient’s care and set up rehabilitation plans to address each patient’s individual needs. They are also responsible for giving input into the hospital report to the Ontario Review Board for annual and restriction of liberty hearings. Due to their role in the supervision and monitoring of these patients, their testimony is often required at these hearings. Forensic Outreach Clinicians are on-call 24/7 for emergencies after hours.
Psychiatric follow-up and treatment is provided, as well as consultation to another community physician who is providing direct clinical care.
The Outreach psychiatrists are directly involved in the writing of the hospital report to the ORB and provide testimony during the annual hearings.
The Forensic Outreach Service has a close working relationship with Osprey Lodge, and Mental Health & the Law Inpatient Unit located at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.