Youth Assessments (YCJA Section 34)

Contact: Vickie Jennings, Program Director at 905-436-6754 ext. 230 or vjennings@dfcc.org

The Youth Court has the authority to order a medical, psychological or psychiatric assessment at any stage of the court proceedings involving a youth. The assessment is used to identify both the historical and current mental health issues of the young person and to make recommendations to the court for medical/psychological/psychiatric treatment plans.

The assessment serves to provide the court with guidance of mental health professionals on the status of a young person and to guide professionals in developing a plan to address the youth’s needs within the community.

Referrals are made through the Youth Court at any stage of the proceedings.
 

On-site Assessments

Contact: Vickie Jennings, Program Director at 905-436-6754 ext. 230 or vjennings@dfcc.org

On a monthly basis, a psychiatrist/psychologist undertakes early clinical assessments at the Youth Court at the Durham Region Courthouse as part of a collaborative initiative to enhance support to youth in conflict with the law who have mental health concerns.

Referrals are made through the Crown Attorney, Youth Mental Health Court Worker and the Youth Court.

 

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