From the Main Entrance, turn right and walk towards the Grand Staircase. Go down the stairs to Level 1 and turn right through the cafeteria. Walk towards the back entrance – Forensic Mental Health will be on the left side before the doorway out.
From the Main Entrance, turn right and walk towards the Grand Staircase. Bear left and then right along the railing overlooking the cafeteria to the end. The elevator will be on your left. Take the elevator down to Level 1, and exit to your right. Forensic Mental Health will be on your right.
If you are in crisis and you are in the City or District of Thunder Bay, please call the Crisis Response Team: (807) 346-8282 or 1-888-269-3100.
To contact the Forensic Inpatient Unit before visiting, please call (807) 684-6450.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, the Health Sciences Centre’s patient consent form is being translated to Oji-Cree, Cree and Ojibway. Aboriginal patients who do not speak or understand English will now have a form in their language to clearly understand what treatment or tests they are being asked to consent to.
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Forensic Program serves adult individuals who come into conflict with the law and who may have a psychiatric disorder. The program provides both inpatient and outpatient services to the area of Northwestern Ontario from the Manitoba border to White River.
The Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Unit provides extensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services. Specific treatment plans are developed to meet individual patient needs, which may include individual or group therapy that involves various clinical programming. The inter-professional team includes members of the following disciplines:
The inpatient unit is a secure 20 bed unit that includes access to a yard. On the unit, patients have access to various programming that includes utilization of the exercise room, billiards room, OT Kitchen, quiet lounge and television rooms.
The Forensic Mental Health Program believes that visits are therapeutic and contribute to the well-being of patients. Visits also allow family and friends to familiarize themselves with the programs provided to their loved one. The following information provides an explanation of the Visiting Policy.
Visiting hours are from 2 pm to 5 pm; 6pm to 7pm; and 8 pm to 8:30 pm daily.
Forensic Outpatient services are provided both in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services are provided for a designated Forensic population based on their identified needs and/or legal requirements. The Forensic Outpatient Program works closely with all relevant community agencies associated with the client, and submits referrals to any agency that may be able to provide support to the client.
The Northwestern Ontario Sexual Behaviours Program (NOSBP) provides comprehensive assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services, including individual and group therapy, to address problematic sexual behaviour issues. Referrals to this program are received from Probation and Parole, Children’s Aid Society, Correctional Services, and from primary care providers including family physicians.
Mental Health Court Support services are offered at the Ontario Provincial Courthouse. A designated Court support worker provides consultation and liaison to various officers of the Court, such as the Judiciary, Crown Attorneys, lawyers, police, and Probation and Parole.
The Brief Assessment Unit performs court ordered assessments of individuals who may be either in custody at a correctional facility or in the community.