Winnipeg Mental Health Court
The Winnipeg Mental Health Court (MHC) is a joint initiative of Manitoba Justice and Shared Health’s Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Team (FACT)that diverts adults from the traditional court system when their criminal involvement is a direct result of their mental illness.
Mental Health Courts in Canada and in other countries result in reduced recidivism and shorter lengths of stay in jails and hospitals. More importantly, participants experience improved quality of life outcomes such as: reduced homelessness, recovery from substance use disorders, and increased social functioning as part of their road towards recovery. Supports under the Winnipeg Mental Health Court program include:
- A specialized court docket, which employs a problem solving approach to court proceedings rather than the more traditional court procedures.
- Regular status reviews with the Judge at which time the participant’s progress is reviewed and service plans are revised accordingly.
- Comprehensive community mental health treatment and support services delivered by the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment Team, a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals.