Manitoba Mental Health Court to be Established

In a press release the Manitoba provincial government announced the formation of the Manitoba Mental Health Court. The focus of the mental-health court will be on adults with mental-health issues who are accused of less serious, non-violent crimes, says Justice Minister Andrew Swan.

Health-care Supports to Help Keep Accused from Reoffending: Swan, Oswald

The province is investing more than $600,000 to establish a special court to work with accused whose mental-health issues are the likely cause of their criminal behaviour and is expanding mental‑health services to better support these individuals, Justice Minister Andrew Swan, Health Minister Theresa Oswald and provincial court Chief Judge Ken Champagne announced today.

“By diverting people with mental illness from jails into treatment, we will reduce reoffence rates,” said Swan. “This innovative new court will help individuals with mental illness get the help they need and also help to increase the safety of our communities.”

The mental-health court will be similar to the Winnipeg drug-treatment court, an existing problem‑solving court that attempts to break the cycle of drug use, criminal behaviour and jail for drug-addicted offenders. The mental-health court will focus on adults with mental-health issues who are accused of less-serious crimes, said Swan.

“We know that there are accused persons before the court who are challenged by mental illness and that their mental illness is most often the cause for their offending behaviour,” said Champagne. “I am confident that the supports and assistance provided by a mental-health court will enable these Manitobans to get back on track with their lives and help to ensure that they do not become re‑involved in the criminal justice system in the future.”

Swan said a multi-disciplinary team, which will be operated by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, will provide supports and assessment of mental-health status, development of service and treatment plans, and support and information for family members. He said development of a service/treatment plan could include:

* community support including basic needs, counselling and day programs;
* focused intensive case-management by an assertive community-treatment team (as a transition to ongoing community supports);
* addictions counselling;
* employment and educational supports;
* admission to hospital for intensive assessment and stabilization;
* community service work;
* an apology to the victim or others affected; and
* involvement of family members.

“Research tells us that prolonged contact with the justice system by people with mental illness can have negative effects that lead to repeated involvement with the law,” said Oswald. “This mental‑health court is a problem-solving court that will address the underlying problems that can contribute to criminal behaviour and will result in better outcomes including a better quality of life for individuals experiencing mental-health problems and illnesses.”

She said cross-training for those working in or with the mental-health court will include:

* education related to mental illnesses and co-occurring substance-use disorders for judges, prosecutors, defence counsel, police and corrections staff; and
* training about court and justice processes for the community mental-health team, the psychiatrist attached to the mental-health court and other related service providers.

It is anticipated the court will begin hearing cases in winter of 2011.

A VOICE FOR ANG!!!!… Angela’s mother speaks out

Sigga Lynn Holm says:

Hi, I am the mother of the victim Angela Holm. Here is my story. 

My babygirl, did not deserve the tragedy she endured. Back in May of 2008 Angela underwent a cord blood transplant. Her brother Randall (whom passed away Jan.2008) and her suffered from an immune disorder, Hypogammaglobianiemia. After we lost Randall, the Dr’s. pushed for Angie’s transplant, Randall was to get one too, however we (Dr.’s & I) couldn’t get him strong enough to go through the procedure. Unfortunately Angie’s cord blood did not take, her body was rejecting the transplant…so now the next step was an actual bone marrow transplant. The Dr.’s gave Angie a month and a bit break. Then in Sept. 2008 we did it all over again for the bone marrow transplant…I must say my babygirl was a very strong willed person who never gave up. Our prayers were answered. The transplant was working….Angie was winning!!!! Our miracle!!!!

On the weekend prior to May 25, 2009 my babygirl went to spend it with her Uncle Rudolph and his family. She was really close with his children and step children and loved spending time with them. She would phone me before she went to bed at night to say “k mom I’m going to bed, good night, I love you and I’ll call you when I get up..” She never got to call me in the morning again….instead my morning 6AM call was from her dad telling me Angie had been stabbed, and was at the hospital. I make it down to the hospital only to be told, my babygirl didn’t make it, and when I said I wanted to see her, I was told no. Angela had 13 stab wounds and 6 defence wounds, which means the offender Daniel Jesse James Munroe made a total of 19 attempts on her, as she was laying asleep on the couch!!! Totally unprovoked…her future and life taken just like that, and now he’s NCR!!! I don’t understand!!!

I’m gonna continue now with my VIS (victim impact statement). I’ll post the original and that will be followed by the edited one, which was edited by the review board.

A VOICE FOR ANG!!!!
I’m writting this for Angela Rachelle Louise Gail Holm, Baby Ang, my beautiful babygirl. I finially get to voice a voice for Ang; this is what the offender(Munroe) hear’s….VOICES, and yet as he committed murder you can’t tell me NOR convince me, Munroe didn’t hear my babygirl’s screams, DON’T DAN, PLEASE DON’T, PLEASE STOP!!!! Now he’s gonna hear my voice.

I was taught by my mom not to use hate, to instead use dislike or don’t like; but as for you Munroe, you’ve taught me to literally hate you!!!! I HATE YOU DANIEL JESSE JAMES MUNROE!!!!!!(sorry mom)

Angie was the second and last child born to me. She suffered and immune deficency that required her to get monthly gamma injections. In the months prior to her tragedy she underwent a cord blood transplant which didn’t take, so the Dr.’s did a second attempt with a bone marrow transplant. This time it was working for her. As I mentioned earlier the monthly gamma injections came to an end, right on her 16th birthday, Feb.24/09. Our miracle, no more monthly needles. She was winning her battle. The fear of losing my babygirl to the medicle procedure (bone marrow transplant) was gone. Our journey was rough but she was a trooper and never gave up, even on her sickest day and nights, and believe me there were many.

As her body began to change, her life began to change. She was back at school part time, had a part time home tutor and was waitressing. Yes she had a job, something you NEVER had Munroe.

Angie was my rock, my survivor!! After we lost Randall (her brother, my son) in Jan.08 she was all I had left and you took that away from me!!!!

Throughout her struggles she would always seem to smile, sing and dance around. Always listening to music dancing around the house shaken her booty. I miss my babygirl so much. I miss her jumping into my bed on weekends, tickleing me and giving me butterfly kisses, which WAS us fluttering our eyelash’s together.

The Dr’s admired her strength, as so did I.

Because of you Munroe, Christmas will never be the same,I won’t see my baby graduate and I won’t be able to experience her wedding. When you too my daughter away you also took those away. Not to mention Angie would have been 18 on Feb.24. My life will never be the same because of you. I HATE you for this!!!

May my baby RIP!!!! And don’t worry Munroe, HER VOICES WILL HAUGHT YOU!!!!!!

(this was followed by a poem I wrote for my babygirl before she went into hospital, it will follow the edited vis)

And now the EDITED VERSION!!!!!

Angie was the second and last child born to me. She suffered and immune deficency that required her to get monthly gamma injections. In the months prior to her tragedy she underwent a cord blood transplant which didn’t take, so the Dr.’s did a second attempt with a bone marrow transplant. This time it was working for her. As I mentioned earlier the monthly gamma injections came to an end, right on her 16th birthday, Feb.24/09. Our miracle, no more monthly needles. She was winning her battle. The fear of losing my babygirl to the medicle procedure (bone marrow transplant) was gone. Our journey was rough but she was a trooper and never gave up, even on her sickest day and nights, and believe me there were many.

As her body began to change, her life began to change. She was back at school part time, had a part time home tutor and was waitressing.

Angie was my rock, my survivor!! After we lost Randall (her brother, my son) in Jan.08 she was all I had left and you took that away from me!!!!

Throughout her struggles she would always seem to smile, sing and dance around. Always listening to music dancing around the house shaken her booty. I miss my babygirl so much. I miss her jumping into my bed on weekends, tickleing me and giving me butterfly kisses, which WAS us fluttering our eyelash’s together.

The Dr’s admired her strength, as so did I.

Because of you Munroe, Christmas will never be the same,I won’t see my baby graduate and I won’t be able to experience her wedding. When you too my daughter away you also took those away. Not to mention Angie would have been 18 on Feb.24. My life will never be the same because of you. I HATE you for this!!!

So now as I close this I’m gonna read a poem I wrote for her before she was admitted to the hospital.

FOR MY BABYGIRL ANG
ALWAYS STRONG

You will always be you,
Yourself as one;always you;
ALWAYS STRONG
Your reactions, your feeling,
that will always be you!!

You are unique as one self;
ALWAYS STRONG
There will never be another like you,
For you will always be ANG, as one;
ALWAYS STRONG

You will know when you need to be strong, as one, as you, ANG!!!
There may be many people that surround you; or there may be no one;
But there will always be you;You, as one
ALWAYS STRONG

Yes my babygirl
You as one
ALWAYS STRONG

Love Mommy
ALWAYS

Now I will share a link
Maclean’s magazine did an article on my babygirl. Here is the link…

http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/07/23/angela-rachelle-louise-gail-holm-1993-2009/

How many more murders have to happen before the law see’s there has to be a change…it’s no wonder there are so many murders being committed….my philosophy is
Hey wanna kill someone, just come to manitoba, you will be NCR!!!!

Not to mention the fact that IF I ever go crazy, I will be put in the same facility as MURDERERS!!!!!! These people should be put in jail!!!! Afterall they DID committ a crime!!!!! And a terriable crime!!!!

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Ordering security gear delays Vincent Li escorted walks?

A news report in Winnipeg is stating that the province “is continuing to implement a security plan for Vincent Li.”
CTV Winnipeg claims that officials have stated “Additional security officers have been hired and trained, but there has been a delay in ordering them security gear, which has delayed allowing Li the escorted walks around Selkirk Mental Health Centre”

Statements attributed to these anonymous officials, are simply preposterous. Even when given consideration that they are alleged to originate from the same bureaucracy headed by the Minister of Justice Andrew Swan. Swan’s office certainly garnered some press with statements that Manitoba would fight allowing Vincent Li escorted walks… and then did nothing. Unless the press report is correct and the Department of Justice chose to delay the walks with juvenile and inexcusable reasoning.

I wonder what the press headlines will be when some lawyer decides to seek recourse from the Manitoba taxpayers for the trampling of Vincent Li basic human rights. “Salt in open wounds as Greyhound Bus Slayer seeks justice”
We are seeking a comment from Minister of Justice Andrew Swan office.

Update:
Administrative Assistant response from Minister of Justice Andrew Swan office:

On behalf of the Honourable Andrew Swan, Minister of Justice and
Attorney General, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your email dated September 23, 2010.

This matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Honourable Teresa Oswald, Minister of Health. I have taken the liberty of referring a copy of your correspondence directly to her office for consideration.

Manitoba will not appeal Vincent Li Strolls

The Crown will not appeal a decision to allow Vince Li to stroll the grounds of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, a spokesperson says.

The province’s Justice Department conducted a thorough review of the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board’s May 31 decision and found that there are no legal grounds to appeal the order, Manitoba’s deputy attorney general Don Slough said.