Mental Health Appeals Program consultations

Consultation status: Open

Individuals in the mental health system are a particularly vulnerable group. As part of Legal Aid Ontarios Mental Health Strategy, a program will be introduced to expand the availability of certificates and hours for appeals from decisions of the Consent and Capacity Board and the Ontario Review Board.

LAO is developing this program after it held consultations with the Mental Health Legal Committee, Criminal Lawyers Association and Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office.

Phase 1 consultations happened over May 2014 to January 2015 with key stakeholders and institutions including the regional and local mental health bar.

These consultations resulted in the design of a new provincial case coordination form, appeal process maps, appeal funding guidelines, and a block fee appeal funding model.

Phase 2 consultations are ongoing. In-person and teleconference sessions were held in Oshawa, Ottawa, St. Thomas, Toronto, Kingston, Hamilton, Thunder Bay and North Bay. As of June 2015, LAO has been meeting with psychiatric facilities.

Key documents

Description of the Mental Health Appeals Program


Mental Health Appeals assessment guidelines
Draft for consultation


Post-Hearing Report Form
Draft for consultation


Process map of LAO's Mental Health Appeals Program


Process map of Ontario Review Board Appeals


Process map of Consent and Capacity Board Appeals
(Pending)


Contact

Wayne van der Meide
Regional Manager, Case Management and Litigation Group
Telephone: 613-238-7931 ext. 58
Email: vanderw@lao.on.ca

Last updated

Last updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2015