Health and Community Services

Mental Health Care and Treatment Act

The Mental Health Care and Treatment Act, which was passed by the House of Assembly in December 2006, and came into effect on October 1, 2007, focuses on the protection and treatment of people suffering from severe mental illness. It represents a new approach in providing interventions and services for people with severe and persistent mental illness.

The Act also:

  • revises the eligibility criteria that are used to determine what situations and individuals benefit from the authority of the Act;
  • expands the range of interventions and services available under the Act;
  • supports expanded roles for nurses, nurse practitioners and peace officers;
  • introduces changes to the roles and operations of the Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board;
  • allows for the provision of Community Treatment Orders; and,
  • requires a mandatory review of the Act within five years.

To read the Act in its entirety, as well as additional information on the Act, please follow the links below:

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