Forensic Assessment Program

Forensic Assessment Program

The 40-bed Forensic Assessment Program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments for each patient admitted from the courts, provincial and federal correctional facilities, and provincial regional psychiatric hospitals.

The program provides interdisciplinary assessments, care, management and identification of patients with a serious mental disorder and/or those who pose a significant risk to their self or others. The interdisciplinary assessments examine issues related to fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and potential for future dangerousness, risk, diagnostic clarification, and future treatment potential. The team is comprised of psychiatry, medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and recreation. 

Special information for patients, families and visitors
The focus of the Forensic Assessment Program is on short-term hospitalizations with a specific purpose. An assessment will be completed based on your needs, and an individualized care plan is provided. We encourage you to participate in the process so that we can be as thorough as possible. Your participation includes meeting with members of the team as required. You are also encouraged to take advantage of our many activities including the indoor pool, the recreation centre, and the large yards for physical activities.

Visiting a patient
For the most up to date information on visitor restrictions, please see Visiting a patient

Visitors are asked to contact the program/social worker prior to visiting. On some occasions, patients may refuse to meet with visitors, even though they may have travelled a considerable distance. When this occurs, we respect the decision of the patient and we will provide support where appropriate. Waypoint may also restrict visiting hours for clinical or security reasons.

For safety reasons, common areas of the program are monitored by video recording. No cameras or recording devices are allowed in the program.

The following articles should not be brought into the hospital or mailed to any patient:
Jewelry and other valuables, knives or cutlery, whether plastic or metal, scissors, knitting needles, razor blades, plastic bags, pop cans or glass bottles, medicine, alcohol, or tobacco products, lighters, matches, or other items that could be dangerous to the individual, fellow patients, or staff members.

Contact Information

The Forensic Assessment Program consists of two units: A and B. 

For questions, please contact the social worker:

FAP A - Ext. 2166 or Ext. 2247
FAP B - Ext. 2669 or Ext. 2070

Please feel free to use Waypoint’s toll free number: 1-877-341-4729.



How to access this service
Referrals to Waypoint’s forensic mental health programs are accepted only through the court system or under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review Board. We do not admit individuals directly from the community to these programs.

For more information about this program and whether or not it is suitable for your needs please contact 705 549-3181 extension 2665.