Mental Health Law Reform Task Force
Since its inception, the Mental Health Act has undergone various changes, including in 2000 when Community Treatment Orders were introduced and, most recently, in 2015 when an amendment granted the Consent Capacity Board powers to order terms and conditions for long-term involuntary patients. Given the possibility for change, psychiatrists can work together and contribute their expertise, knowledge and front-line experience to generate additional ideas for potential mental health law reforms that can improve patient care and access to timely treatment.
The OPA Council approved a task force focused on identifying specific ideas for mental health law reform. This task force brings together various stakeholders including resident and practicing psychiatrists, legal expertise and patient and family advisors so discussions can draw upon different experiences and perspectives.
The scope of the Mental Health Law Reform Task Force is to identify reforms that warrant further advocacy by the OPA. The task force has already held several fruitful meetings and will complete its work by 2021. The task force and its members look forward to presenting recommendations back to the OPA Council that will focus the OPA’s advocacy work in this area.
Dr. Karen Shin
OPA Mental Health Law Reform Task Force Lead