Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

The Waterloo Regional Police Service supports community efforts to increase awareness regarding mental health issues and is pleased to include this valuable resource on our website. “Mental Health, the Criminal Justice System, and You: Understanding the Process, and the People that can Help”  Download pdf

Published by the Kitchener Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, this booklet is an introductory guide to the criminal justice system.

With special emphasis on the Region of Waterloo Mental Health Court, this publication is aimed at helping those with mental health issues who have been charged with a criminal offence as they navigate their way through the court process.

While it cannot replace the services of a criminal defence lawyer, it does provide basic information and a list of community resources that can help those with mental health issues.

The booklet is dedicated to the memory of Martin Tarback, a fixture on the streets of Waterloo for over 20 years, whose schizophrenia pulled him away from a loving family and friends at a young age, but whose spirit and courage was an inspiration to many.

For more information, please check Canadian Mental Health Association-Grand River Chapter

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