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British Columbia’s Mental Health Act violates charter rights: report

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by vimhsadmin in news & views

British Columbia routinely violates the rights of people in mental-health detention by subjecting them to involuntary treatments, “discipline” through solitary confinement and restraints and not offering legal aid at the time of admission, according to a new report

The report, authored by lawyer Laura Johnston at the Community Legal Assistance Society and released on Wednesday, shows that a lapse in mental well-being can lead to a violation of one’s Charter rights in B.C.’s mental-health detention system. While comparable mental-health tribunals in other Canadian provinces and territories produce annual reports on practices, performance measures, training and outcomes, B.C.’s Mental Health Review Board produces no such report.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

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