St. Joseph's Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care (Southwest Centre) is located in Elgin County and is devoted to caring for people with a mental illness who have also come into contact with the criminal justice system. Staff and physicians within various forensic programs assist patients toward recovery. Through intensive work with our teams patients are able to develop the skills and supports needed to successfully reintegrate back into their communities.
The Forensic Program is comprised of 80 in-patient beds which include assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation programs, as well as an outpatient Forensic outreach team.
Is a specialized area of clinical practice that deals with mental disorders and criminal behaviour and the application of special knowledge in criminal law proceedings that involve the mentally disabled offender.
The Forensic Program has a regional mandate serving South-Western Ontario which includes the counties of Elgin, Middlesex, Grey, Bruce, Essex, Kent, Lambton, Oxford, Huron, Perth and Kitchener-Waterloo.
The population served includes people with a broad range of diagnostic categories such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and personality disorders who may or may not also have a concurrent disorder.
We currently serve both men and women who:
- Are on court ordered assessments
- Are found either unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible
- Have been transferred from correctional facilities requiring treatment under conditions of security
Our Health Care Team
Teams of health care professionals work together caring for our clients. The forensic team includes:
- social workers
- occupational therapists
- spiritual services
- therapeutic recreation specialist/vocational staff