Health and Community Services

Rights Approach

The purpose of the new legislation is to lay out clearly what an individual can expect from the health care system if involuntarily admitted to hospital.

The rights based approach allows a balance between the individual’s right to health and safety and the need to offer interventions and supports where individuals are unable to make those decisions as a result of their mental illness.

The act also ensures that individuals will be advised of their rights. These include:

  • the right to know where and why he/she is admitted
  • access to a telephone and visitors
  • retain and instruct counsel
  • have input into treatment decisions
  • access his/her representative and rights advisor.

Patient Rights Card PDF

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