Forensic Assessment Program
The Forensic Assessment Program (2 wards, 39 beds) of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care operates within a maximum secure environment. The FAP is responsible for the assessment, the care, the management and the identification of patients with a serious mental disorder and/or those who pose a significant risk to their self or others. This program provides comprehensive multidisciplinary assessments for each patient admitted to the Provincial Forensic Programs. Assessment procedures are designed to examine issues related to fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and potential for future dangerousness, risk, diagnostic clarification, and future treatment potential. Recommendations and assessment results are provided to the Courts, Review Boards, and referring agencies such as other psychiatric hospitals, general hospitals and correctional facilities. For patients who remain in the facility, various treatment modalities and rehabilitative services are initiated and implemented.
The Program admits men with a documented history of dangerous behaviour who cannot be held for examination in a less secure facility. This includes persons from the courts on Assessment Orders for examination, those found Not Criminally Responsible or Unfit to Stand Trial. Patients from other psychiatric hospitals, who have Ontario Review Board Disposition Orders to Waypoint's Provincial Forensic Programs, are also admitted to the FAP. Brief evaluations are completed prior to transfer to another Waypoint Forensic program for further care and rehabilitation. A very small percentage of admissions are certified under the Mental Health Act of Ontario and require a transfer from a psychiatric unit because of their unmanageable behaviour.
There is a minimal waiting list as beds are pre-booked with the courts.
(705) 549-3181 ext. 2665