February 29 - May 3, 2024

This six-week course provides an understanding of key legal issues in mental health illness care in Ontario, in the context of clinical, ethical, organizational and systemic factors. Health care practitioners must be constantly mindful of their legal obligations—including admission, treatment, discharge and health records—in order to respond effectively to clients’ rights and empower them to make their own health care decisions.

Learning Objectives

As a result of participation in this course, you will be able to:

  • discuss mental health care in a multi-dimensional context
  • summarize legislation governing mental health care in Ontario
  • explain the process of admission to a psychiatric facility, as well as the legal obligations and responsibilities of clinicians and the facility
    describe the treatment regime in psychiatric facilities
  • discuss the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board, including its structure, scope and powers, as well as the hearing process
  • describe clinical and legal considerations of discharge, including readiness for discharge and discharge procedures, follow-up and community
  • care issues, re-admission issues and community treatment orders
  • explain legal requirements of privacy and confidentiality of health information, as well duties to warn of or report harm.


Open to: All

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