Structured Intervention Program
The Structured Intervention Program (SIP) provides high quality programs within a highly structured maximum-security environment. Males are typically held involuntarily and suffer from a serious mental illness (usually schizophrenia), who may be dually diagnosed and have a developmental or acquired delay or suffer from an acquired brain injury. Patients usually have difficulty in some areas of functioning (i.e. cognitive, behavioural, etc.), are exceptionally difficult to manage, and are prone to engaging in self-abusive or assaultive behaviour, which is often the result of poor impulse control. Activities on the SIP are aimed at decreasing risk, elimination of suffering and increasing quality of life, through interdisciplinary assessment, treatment, and management. The SIP is comprised of Ward 05 a 20-bed unit with the highest degree of structure and security and Ward 06 which is a 19-bed unit with slightly less structure. Most patients on the SIP are subject to a Disposition of the Ontario Review Board, having been found either Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) on account of Mental Disorder or Unfit to Stand Trial. The remaining patients are civilly committed under the Mental Health Act.
The SIP is highly structured in its daily activities and is designed to teach and promote socially acceptable behaviours, concurrent with rehabilitation and treatment to stabilize a serious mental illness. Most patients require assistance and/or supervision with their day-to-day activities. Various treatment programs are offered individually or in a group format based on individual patient needs. Individual Management Plans may be used to provide a consistent approach to manage particularly problematic behaviour.
Patients are generally referred to the SIP from within the other Provincial Forensic Programs. Most patients referred to the SIP come from the Forensic Assessment Program (Ward 07 or 08) after their initial post-admission assessment is completed. Some patients will be referred to the SIP from other Provincial Forensic Programs, where it is identified that the patient’s condition has deteriorated to the point that he requires the degree of structure and security offered by the SIP.
For further information, Contact:
705-549-3181, ext. 2744