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SERVICES

CMHA Kenora offers a range of programs and services, from awareness campaigns to training workshops and crisis response services. See the complete list of our programs below, or choose a program category below our bruchure to find the service you’re looking for.

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  • Forensic Case Management
  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Counseling
  • Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Program
  • Dual Diagnosis Diversion/Court Support Program
  • Kenora Supportive Housing | Virtual Tour of the Facility click here
  • Forensic Psychiatry Assessment Program

Forensic Case Management
Forensic Case management is a strategic approach intended to integrate, coordinate, and advocate for individuals and groups needing extensive mental health services. The ultimate purpose is to achieve planned care outcomes across the full range of key psychosocial domains such as housing, legal, medical and education. There are three distinct functions within the Forensic Case Management area that address the housing and legal needs of referred clients.

How are Referrals made?

Admission to this program is through the Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Program or Dual Diagnosis Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Program at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch.

Who is Eligible?

Individuals with a mental illness, developmental disability, acquired brain injury, concurrent disorder and/or a dual diagnosis.

What do we Offer?

  • Individualized assessment and treatment planning;
  • Supportive counselling;
  • Flexible individualized long- term support;
  • Advocacy;
  • Side-by-side support in the community;
  • Assistance with day-to-day problem solving, priority setting & life management;
  • Life skills teaching;
  • Symptom management / medication monitoring;
  • Linking individuals to other services and community resources.

**Funded by: North West Local Health Integration Network

Assertive Community Treatment

Program Description:

ACT is a team of mental health professionals that provide highly individualized client-centred treatment, rehabilitation and support to people living with severe and persistent mental illness, in their pursuit of a meaningful recovery and quality of life.

The program provides assistance in areas such as medication, education, psycho-social rehabilitation, activities of daily living, relationships, vocational rehabilitation, addictions, advocacy and family support.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The client presents with severe and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders and bipolar and related disorders that seriously impairs the level of functioning in community living.
  • There is a significant impact of the existing mental health problem on the client’s personal, family, social and occupational life.
  • High use of in-patient Psychiatric Hospitals.
  • High risk or recent history of criminal justice involvement.
  • Age 18 or over. (Consideration will be given to those clients under the age of 18 who meet admission criteria).
  • Resident of Kenora-Rainy River District or willingness to relocate to same.

Referral Process:

  • Obtain verbal consent from client to complete referral. Discuss concept of ACT with client or family using ACT brochure as guideline.
  • Complete referral to best of client/family members’ ability. Important information to obtain includes name, address, phone #, psychiatric diagnosis (if known), previous psychiatric admissions.
  • Have client sign Consent to Release Information in order to access collateral information. Have client sign PHIPA if applicable.
  • Assure client that ACT will contact them within the week.

Links:

Ontario ACT Association
CMHAK Agency Referral Form

**Funded by: North West Local Health Integration Network

Counselling

Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health Counselling provides responsive store front mental health services to individuals in the community. We respond to a full range of mental health concerns. Services include: intake, assessment and individual as well as group counseling.

We provide Treatment for:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Phobia
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma Issues
  • Suicide Ideation
  • Eating Disorders
  • Life Transition Problems
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Relationship Issues
  • Psychosis
  • Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Crisis
  • Grief / Loss

Additional Services:

Public Education Seminars and Reprocessing (EMDR) / Educational Groups / Treatment Groups / Referrals

**Funded by: North West Local Health Integration Network

Dual Diagnosis Diversion/Court Support Program
GOAL “To assist individuals with a dual diagnosis who are involved with the criminal justice system; to access health services and prevent future encounters with the criminal justice system.’

There is a formal agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Attorney General of Canada to divert mentally disordered offenders out of the Criminal Justice System and into the care of psychiatric facilities and/or community mental health services.

Court Diversion is intended for individuals who have found themselves in conflict with the criminal justice system primarily because of their mental disorder. The mental disorder must have a good prognosis for improvement through treatment and such treatment must be available.

How are Referrals made?

Referrals to the Dual Diagnosis Diversion/Court Support Program can be made by the police, defence lawyers, crown attorneys, probation officers, case managers, native court workers, correctional staff, developmental service workers, mental health counsellor, family members or anyone who knows an individual who may be eligible for diversion.

How is Eligibility determined?

The Dual Diagnosis Diversion/Court Support Worker will meet with the accused, family members and service providers to determine eligibility. The following criteria must be met:

  • The accused’s involvement is voluntary;
  • The possibility of mental illness and cognitive impairment is established;
  • The offense is not too serious.
  • Who is eligible for the Dual Diagnosis Diversion?

Any individual who suffers from a dual diagnosis who has committed a CLASS ONE offence is a suitable candidate for diversion:

  • Theft Under
  • Joyriding
  • Fraud Under
  • Fraud Accommodation
  • False Statement Under
  • False Pretences
  • Cause Disturbance
  • Food Fraud
  • Mischief Under

CLASS TWO offenses will also be considered for diversion. The more the offense resembles a Class One offense, the more likely the offense will be considered for diversion.

CLASS THREE offenses are too serious and cannot be considered:

  • Murder
  • Wife Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Drinking & Driving
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Criminal Negligence

The safety of the public is paramount and diversion will not be considered if it against the public interest.

What about Serious Offenses?

Those accused of a serious offense are not eligible for diversion. However, the Dual Diagnosis Diversion/Court Support Worker will be available to provide support.

**Funded by: North West Local Health Integration Network

Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Program
GOAL “To assist individuals with mental illness, acquired brain injury, developmental challenge and/or concurrent disorder involved with the criminal justice system; to access health services and prevent future encounters with the criminal justice system.’

There is a formal agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Attorney General of Canada to divert mentally disordered offenders out of the Criminal Justice System and into the care of psychiatric facilities and/or community mental health services.

Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Program is intended for individuals who have found themselves in conflict with the criminal justice system primarily because of their mental disorder. The mental disorder must have a good prognosis for improvement through treatment and such treatment must be available.

How are Referrals made?

Referrals to the Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Program can be made by the police, defence lawyers, crown attorneys, probation officers, case managers, native court workers, correctional staff, developmental service workers, mental health counsellor, family members or anyone who knows an individual who may be eligible for diversion.

How is Eligibility determined?

The Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Worker will meet with the accused, family members and service providers to determine eligibility. The following criteria must be met:

  • The accused’s involvement is voluntary;
  • The possibility of mental illness or cognitive impairment is established;
  • The offense is not too serious.
  • Who is eligible for Mental Health Diversion?

Any individual who suffers from a mental disorder who has committed a CLASS ONE offence is a suitable candidate for diversion:

  • Theft Under
  • Joyriding
  • Fraud Under
  • Fraud Accommodation
  • False Statement Under
  • False Pretences
  • Cause Disturbance
  • Food Fraud
  • Mischief Under

CLASS TWO offenses will also be considered for diversion. The more the offense resembles a Class One offense, the more likely the offense will be considered for diversion.

CLASS THREE offenses are too serious and cannot be considered:

  • Murder
  • Wife Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Drinking & Driving
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Criminal Negligence

The safety of the public is paramount and diversion will not be considered if it against the public interest.

What about Serious Offenses?

Those accused of a serious offense are not eligible for diversion. However, the Mental Health Diversion/Court Support Worker will be available to provide support.

**Funded by: North West Local Health Integration Network

Kenora Supportive Housing

Our Mission is to provide safe and affordable long-term housing and short-term respite housing to individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.

Referrals must be made by a mental health provider. Long-term housing residents must be clients of a case management program.

Virtual Tour of the Facility click here

**Funded by: North West Local Health Integration Network


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1 (807) 468-1838
227 Second Street South
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