Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Forensic Program
serves adult individuals who come into conflict with the law
and that may have a psychiatric disorder. The program serves
Northwestern Ontario from the Manitoba border to White River.
Both inpatient and outpatient services are provided.
Forensic Program inpatient unit is an 20 bed secure adult
unit. The mandate of inpatient services is to:
- Fulfill legal requirements for Court ordered assessments
of individuals with possible psychiatric disorders who are
referred by the criminal justice system.
- Assess, treat and rehabilitate clients with psychiatric
disorders who have been charged with a criminal offence
and/or are under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review
- Make recommendations to the criminal justice system based
on the client's history, clinical progress and current mental
- Assist clients to achieve their optimal level of biopsychosocial
functioning for eventual community re-integration.
- Where appropriate, arrange adequate community follow-up and
after care based on individual needs for designated forensic
The forensic inpatient service provides extensive assessment,
treatment and rehabilitation. Specific treatment plans are
developed to meet individual client needs, which may include
individual or group therapy that involves various clinical
programming. Inpatient services are provided using a multidisciplinary
team approach consisting of the following professional disciplines:
- Social Work
- Occupational Therapy
- Leisure Life Skills
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Spiritual Care
Continuity of care continues with forensic outpatient services
provided on site at TBRHSC. Individual follow-up is provided
according to identified client needs and/or legal requirements.
Consistent assessment, treatment, and on-going rehabilitation
are provided for a designated forensic population. The Forensic
Outpatient Program works closely with all relevant community
agencies associated with the client.
In addition to the Forensic Outpatient Program, the Forensic
Program provides the Northwestern Ontario Sexual Behaviours
Program (NOSBP). Comprehensive assessment, treatment, and
rehabilitation are provided as well as individual and group
therapy to address various sexual behaviour issues. Referrals
to this program are received by Probation and Parole, Children's
Aid Society, Correctional Services, and by family physicians.
Mental Health Court Support services are offered at the Ontario
Provincial Courthouse located on Arthur St. A designated Court
support worker provides consultation and liaison to various
officers of the Court, such as the Judiciary, Crown Attorneys,
lawyers, police and Probation and Parole.
The Forensic Program also provides a Fitness Clinic at the
Thunder Bay District Jail. Psychiatry as well as an additional
member of the multidisciplinary team attends the jail one
afternoon per week to conduct fitness assessments as ordered
by the Courts.
Rose Lazinski, R.N BScN
Forensic Program Manager
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
980 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Phone: (807) 684-6464
Fax: (807) 684-5868