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Course Name Mental Health Law
Course Code LAWH 6862
Course Credits 3.0
Pre/Anti-requisites Anti-requisite: LAW 6862P - Mental Health Law
Course Description

This course introduces a legal framework for the delivery of mental health services in Canada. The course provides an historical introduction to mental health law, its policy underpinnings and a review of the major mental disorders. It also considers the differences and interplay between the civil and forensic mental health systems. It then covers the following issues at a more advanced level: the mental health system under the Mental Health Act and Criminal Code of Canada; legal responsibilities of institutions and health professionals; involuntary detention; capacity to consent to the treatment of a mental disorder; substitute decision-making; community treatment orders; appeal mechanisms and procedural fairness; Charter implications (e.g., section 7 right to liberty vs. right to security of the person in context of treatment); risk assessment in forensic mental health; confidentiality and disclosure of mental health information; advocacy and rights advice; use of restraints; patient sexuality in long-term mental health settings (capacity vs. self-expression, institutional responsibilities and liabilities); and special issues in children's, women's and geriatric mental health.

Upcoming Offerings

Winter 2021

Specialization Health Law
Status Elective
CPD Hours Eligible LSO CPD: 12h Substantive Professional LLM courses may be eligible for CPD/MCLE credits in other Canadian jurisdictions. To inquire about credit eligibility, please email cpd@osgoode.yorku.ca
NCA Status N/A

All courses and schedules are subject to change.