Programs and Services Justice and Mental Health Program

Justice and Mental Health Program (JAMH)

About JAMH:

SSO’s Justice and Mental Health (JAMH) program is the only one of its kind in Canada supporting families of people with mental illness who come in contact with the law. JAMH provides immigration support, advocacy, training for professionals who serve the mental health population and family support for individuals and families.


To support individuals and families affected by mental illness who have come in contact with the law while promoting change in mental health, immigration and justice systems.


  • Support: Family, individual, group, and peer support for people who have been in contact with the law.
  • Education: Information, resources and training on mental health and justice issues for individuals and families, professionals and others affected by or working within mental health, justice and immigration systems.
  • Advocacy: Advocacy support for individuals and families as well as system-level advocacy to create change through effective public policy.
  • Partnership: Working with other organizations and stakeholders towards common goals.
JAMH is grateful to the following people who have helped shape the program:

Hon. Richard Schneider: Justice presiding over the Toronto Mental Health Court
Dr. Scott Woodside: Senior Clinician, Assessment and Triage Unit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Sergeant Jim Biskey: Police officer and co-founder of the Chatham-Kent HELP team
Dr. Dorothy Cotton: Co-chair of the Canadian National Committee for Police/Mental Health Liaison and clinical neuropsychologist with Correctional Service Canada
Lynette Fritzley: Crown Attorney and Mental Health Court Team Lead, Kitchener
Jim Leveque: Regional Forensic Services Program Coordinator, Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene and co-chair, Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC), Simcoe-Muskoka Region
Patricia Wilson: Manager, Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Ministry of the Attorney General
Elgin Barrett: Consumer/survivor and peer support facilitator
Lucille Langlois: Family member and co-founder ANCRSS
Kelly Crago: Family member and active member of ANCRSS

How to get in touch:

You can access our services by calling us Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm at 1-855 449-9949 or email at

For more information about justice and mental health, please visit our resource section here.