The Mental Health Advice and Response Service (MHARS), with the help of an experienced mental health clinician, provides advice and support to people involved in the criminal court system who may need mental health treatment.
MHARS can help court users:
The program helps people by identifying individuals with a mental illness, providing timely advice on services and treatments to reduce delays in court proceedings, and linking court users to mental health treatment providers for early intervention.
MHARS also provides specialist clinical mental health advice to judges, court services, correctional services and court users to ensure appropriate mental health interventions and offers advice for people who are in custody. It does not provide direct or ongoing treatment services.
After a court user is referred to MHARS, the program can:
MHARS can also provide education and training on mental illness and the mental health system and related legislation for court users.
Anyone can refer to our County Court MHARS program, including:
You can make a MHARS referral for anyone appearing in court or custody who:
To make a referral, please contact the MHARS clinician at the County Court by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.