|Mental Health Law in Ontario
||[May. 23rd, 2010|06:18 pm]
The Question Club
So I did some research for my friend who needs some help, and I'm not sure if this is the policy in Ontario or not. |
To give you a bit of background, the particular thing I'm asking about has happened twice now, and I'm thinking of going to the media about this. I have done a little research into Ontario law, but not that much.
My friend has been an involuntary patient twice (at least that I know of). He has a lot of problems, so please do not judge him or I (for not getting him help earlier, although I can't exactly do it now as I have absolutely no connections whatsoever). But long story short, he has managed to escape from two different hospitals/mental institutions. Even though he was an involuntary patient in both of these, after he escaped, they de-certified him, meaning they signed forms saying he was an involuntary patient. This was after the cops had brought him in (he is in the system, he has a record) and the hospitals/mental institutions had checked him in as an involuntary patient.
So my questions to you, tqc, are:
-Have you ever had any experiences with the Ontario mental institutions or even psychiatrists? Did they help?
-Can a mental institution do this? Is this official policy? I did read that the form to have someone as an involuntary patient is usually 72 hours and then they have an appointment with a psychiatrist who is supposed to evaluate the patient, but my friend needs more help than 72 hours and an evaluation...
I did tell him that he should try CAMH... the problem is that I am not sure that he wants help and that is difficult. I am aware that he has to want help.