For more information about accessing the AMHS-KFLA Court Support services described below, please call 613-544-1356 (Kingston & Frontenac) or 613-354-7521 (Lennox & Addington) weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm. For professionals making referrals on behalf of clients, please use our external-referral form or downloadable form.
AMHS-KFLA’s Justice Services help those with a serious mental illness or addiction who are in conflict with the law. Staff support individuals who have been charged with an offence as they navigate the criminal court system, offering assistance accessing legal supports, and support during court appearances. The service provides individuals with support and information throughout the duration of their court matters to the resolution of charges. Information about the criminal justice system can also be provided to family and friends or other concerned parties.
Criteria for support are:
- A diagnosed or suspected mental illness or addiction
- Age 16 and older
- The individual is voluntarily seeking this service
Court diversion links individuals with mental health services in order to address factors that have led to criminal charges being laid.
The program holds people accountable by assisting them in making meaningful changes to avoid future conflict with the law. Individuals agree to complete a diversion plan as approved by a Crown Attorney. This diversion plan is an alternate resolution to criminal charges or a criminal record.
Individuals with mental health or addiction concerns who are not eligible for Mental Health Diversion may access court support through AMHS-KFLA’s Justice Services.
Learn more about AMHS-KFLA’s Court Support services by reading our blog post on the agency’s Justice Team.
“It’s based on clients' honesty about their drug use and is intended to help them address their addiction through intensive treatment rather than spending time in jail with limited access to programming. The program provides a very different atmosphere from your typical courtroom experience.”