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Concurrent Disorder Court Diversion Program

Do you suffer from a mental health disorder?
Do you also suffer from substance or alcohol abuse problems?
Are you accused of a crime or are in the criminal justice system?

At ASYR we focus on you, not just the addiction. You are bigger than your addiction. You are not defined by your addiction.

If you have a mental health issue combined with substance or alcohol abuse and are entering the criminal justice system, you may be eligible for the Concurrent Disorder Court Diversion/Support Program.

We focus on re-directing individuals from the criminal justice system to appropriate addiction and mental health services.

What is Diversion? We will work with the courts to direct you to an addiction or mental health service, instead of prosecuting.

What we offer

Overall Support:

  • Ongoing support to you and your family through the court process, even if you are not eligible for diversion.
  • Consultation and education in concurrent disorders to your support networks and court staff.
  • Assistance in accessing legal aid, bail and other services.
  • Referrals to the appropriate social services and support networks.

Court Services:

  • Consulting with you and your duty counsel or lawyer
  • Help with requests and questions you might have for your duty counsel or lawyer
  • Coordinate a return court date with you and your duty counsel or lawyer
  • Consult with your CMHA worker if you have one
  • Follow up with you outside of court

To access this service:
Contact an Intake Coordinator at 905-841-7007 ext 322
or 1-800-263-2288 ext. 322
Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm

The following groups can be accessed through the Concurrent Disorder Court Diversion Program:

 

Who We Help

This program is designed for those who:

  • Are 18-year-old and above.
  • Have a serious mental illness and a substance use issue.
  • Are not likely to re-offend with appropriate supports and treatment.
  • Agree to participate in a concurrent disorder diversion plan.
  • Do not pose a risk to the community.

How We Help

Our court diversion/support program will:

  • Determine your eligibility for diversion.
  • Assist you in navigating the court system.
  • Provide short-term counselling.

Where We Help

ASYR services all of York Region. Our offices can be found in:

  • Keswick
  • Aurora
  • Markham
  • Thornhill