DABC’s response to Bill 22-2020, Mental Health Amendment Act

Last week, DABC wrote to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions regarding Bill 22, which would allow designated hospitals to authorize involuntary detention of youth following a substance overdose. While we appreciate the bill’s positive intent, we share the concerns others have raised about involuntary care —  particularly without proper safeguards for those that want to challenge their detention. We are hopeful the government will engage with affected communities and advocacy groups before proceeding further.

Read the letter here: