Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine Queen's University



Historical Background:

Forensic Mental Health Services includes the assessment, management and treatment of mentally disordered persons in conflict with the law.  These services are mandated by the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) and identify two categories of service to be provided by the Province of Ontario

- Specialized care for people with mental illness who are in conflict with the law

- It is a unique field of healthcare; the relationship it has with the criminal justice system, some specific forms of assessment (risk), working environment (security), and provision of treatment for those who present with a wide range of challenges