Services at Sound Times

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We believe that the best support is the result of natural relationships that flourish between peers. Joining a community of your peers helps you to learn ways to build supports for yourself.  Our staff can advocate for your needs around mental health and justice, social connection, housing. We also have legal and medical services, and additional resources in the Resource Centre.

Mental Health and Justice

We are here to serve your mental health and justice needs. We don't have a waiting list. You are eligible if you have a mental health or addiction issue and criminal justice involvement. You can self refer. Referrals are accepted from any social service, hospital, Duty Council, the Private Bar, or criminal justice system staff. The referral form can be found here.

We provide:

  • Prevention Services
    • Supports for individuals who are at risk of offending or re-offending by virtue of their living circumstances, unmet health or disability needs
  • Release from Custody
    • We will assist individuals in custody who consent to voluntary mental health and/or substance use services and supports who may not fit the criteria to be released on their own recognizance, or have a surety for bail
    • We will not act as sureties
  • Court Support
    • Supports for individuals who are not eligible, or who do not want Mental Health Court Diversion
  • 51 Division Diversion
    • A pilot project for individuals taken into custody at 51 Division
    • Working with the Embedded Crown Project (a project of the Ministry of the Attorney General), we provide a support worker to individuals referred by the Crown located in the Division
    • Referrals for this project are generated within the Division and can only be approved by the Crown

You can call us at (416) 979-1700 or drop-in at 280 Parliament Street. Here is the link to the Agency referral form.

Map of referral zones. Sound Times is Eglinton to the Lakeshore and Keele to Victoria Park.

Legal Services

The Legal Aid Project funded lawyer provides legal supports to clients with complex mental health issues through a case management approach in the in the following areas: immigration and refugee services, criminal, family and limited civil/administrative law matters. The project additionally provides high quality legal services to street-involved legal aid clients who are facing ‘street offences’ by providing them with representation at the Provincial Offences Court at Old City Hall. 

Medical Services

Members have access to medical services on a flexible basis.

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  • General Practitioner 
  • Psychiatrist

Community Resource Centre and Advocacy

Join a community of your peers and learn ways to build supports for yourself from members who have done it. The centre is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Basic services and interventions – Finding resources for food, clothing, shelter, IDs etc. We are a naloxone distribution site.
  • Advocacy – We can advocate around ODSP, OW and CPP, negotiating accommodations, rental disputes, etc.
  • Access computers - work on your GED, prepare resumes, learn computer basics and more.
  • Activities, music, jokes and more.

SMART Self Management and Recovery Training

SMART© (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a self-empowering addiction program based in the latest recovery research and powered by a world-wide mutual-help community. SMART Groups are held twice daily for those interested in participating (SMART is a best practice addiction recovery approach based in the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

How do I become a member?

Visit. Call. Email. You don't need a referral. But agencies and workers can refer. You are welcome at Sound Times. 

Individuals use the services of Sound Times by joining as a Member. The Sound Times members have written a Bill of Rights to govern how our community will function. Membership and services in Sound Times are free.

Sound Times 280 Parliament St, Toronto
Tel 416.979.1700