To inform patients of their rights, to represent them
at Tribunal and/or Review Board hearings, and to ensure that the Mental
Health Act and the rights of patients be respected at all times. The
Service also works with caregivers, patients, families and significant
others to ensure an appropriate utilization of the mental health services.
- Advance the legal, human and civil rights of involuntary
patients by means of systemic advocacy.
- Inform the patient, family, hospital staff and the community
about patients' legal and civil rights.
- Provide a way to resolve complaints from psychiatric
- Investigate alleged incidents, assess response and refer
patients to outside advocacy resources when necessary.
- Promote patient responsibilities in determining the
appropriate form of treatment and support.
- Investigate concerns, inquires and complaints.
- Recommend to the New Brunswick Mental Health services
ways to improve mental health care.
- Assist patients in accepting responsibility for their
decisions and actions.
- Work with caregivers, patients, families, and significant
others to ensure appropriate use of the mental health system.
The tribunal is composed of a lawyer and two members
of the public in order to authorize the involuntary admission according
to the Mental Health Act and also to authorize the treatment of involuntary
The review board is composed of a senior lawyer, a psychiatrist
and a member of the public.
- To review the status of an involuntary patient.
- To review the ability of an involuntary patient to manage
- Review the patient's access to information concerning
his treatment and the accessibility to his chart.
- eview the transfer to another jurisdiction.
- The granting or authorization of certificates of detention.
- Sending out an order to administer a treatment.
- Review if the treatment is routine or specific.
- Review of the patient's competence or his substitute
to give his consent.
|Psychiatric Patient Advocate Services
860 Main Street, Suite 505
Moncton, NB E1C 1G2