Mental health legal issues
Do you have a mental health issue or addiction and need legal help?
We might be able to help if you qualify and if:
- you are being held in a psychiatric facility and you do not want to be
- you have been found incapable of making treatment decisions
- you need help with a fitness hearing
- you need help with an Ontario Review Board (ORB) or a Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) hearing
- you need a lawyer for criminal court (including mental health court and drug treatment court)
- a Superior Court of Justice has told the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee to apply for legal aid for you
Who can help me apply for legal aid?
- A support person or substitute decision maker
- A legal aid lawyer (called duty counsel) working at a courthouse.
- A patient advocate/rights advisor at a mental health hospital or facility
- A social worker or case manager
- A legal aid worker at a courthouse or a prison
If you qualify for legal aid and need a lawyer, we can help you find one.
Last updated: May 12, 2020 As part of our response to the COVID-19 emergency, all of our office locations, including those in courthouses, are closed until further notice. We continue to provide legal aid services via telephone only. Call us at: Toll-free: 1-800-668-8258 GTA:…
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