Saskatoon Mental Health Strategy
The Saskatoon Mental Health Strategy (MHS) is aimed at improving support and supervision for people with mental disorders and cognitive impairments in the criminal justice system. It’s a three-phase project that is in the early part of the first phase.
The MHS brings together a variety of stakeholders that have a role to play in providing services to such individuals, including the Court, the Ministry of Justice, the Saskatoon Health Region, Legal Aid Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan FASD Support Network. It grew out of an education session spearheaded by the Court in 2012 that similarly brought interested groups together to learn about and start to address the challenges that people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) face in the court system.
As part of the strategy, a Mental Health docket is held at Saskatoon Provincial Court every first and third Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Who It’s For
Participation in the MHS is voluntary and open to adults who suffer from a mental disorder, including those diagnosed with psychiatric illness and intellectual impairments such as FASD, provided they significantly affect their ability to function effectively in the community. Someone with a substance use disorder may qualify if that person is also mentally disordered.
Who It’s Not For
Persons are not eligible to participate in the MHS if they are:
• in custody,
• charged with serious offences, such as murder and manslaughter, or
• the subject of a dangerous/long term offender application.
How It Works
A Mental Health docket is held every first and third Monday of the month. Referral to the docket is determined by a judge, and participation is voluntary.
It’s expected that the docket will facilitate:
• collection of assessments in one place,
• timely assessments,
• consideration of individual mental health needs and plans for support and supervision in the community,
• monitoring of individual support and supervision plans, and
• collection of data for study and planning in the second phase.
Information collected in this initial stage will be studied and used to determine possible next steps.