Credits: 3 credits
Through an examination of mental health law and policy in the civil, criminal and human rights contexts, this course will grapple with the unique barriers faced by people with mental health disabilities in the justice system. First, students will examine civil mental health laws and policies in Canada including involuntary psychiatric admission procedures; consent and capacity issues in relation to treatment; substitute-decision making; the use of restraints and forced treatment. The second portion of the course addresses the legal responses to mental health in the criminal justice system; findings of "not criminally responsible;" issues arising in policing and corrections; Mental Health Courts; the criminalization of persons with mental health disabilities; the provision of mental health services in the correctional system; administrative proceedings before forensic mental health review boards.
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