ConnectABILITY

Navigating Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis

Presented in partnership:
The Forensic Dual Diagnosis Specialty Service, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
The Community Network of Specialized Care – Toronto Region

Panel Objectives

  • Define ethics as it relates to the role of mental health care professionals working both in hospital and in the community
  • Identify ethical challenges common to mental health care, dual diagnoses, and the support of persons experiencing decision-making issues
  • Identify legal issues and relevant legislation that may arise in supporting individuals with mental health issues, dual diagnoses, and persons experiencing decision-making issues

Scenerios

1 – Consent and Capacity

Discussion points
Responsibility of the team? Dignity of Risk vs Capacity? Persuasion? Rewards? (e.g. go to your appointment, and we’ll get lunch)


2 – Risk, Recovery and Rights

Discussion points
What are the options for these challenging cases? What are the legal and ethical considerations at play?


3 – Consent & Accommodation

Discussion points
What are the legal and ethical considerations at play?


4 – Substitute Decisions Makers

Discussion points
What are the options and appropriate responses for professionals if they have concerns about the action or inaction of a substitute decision maker?


5 – Family as Client?

Discussion points
What are the legal and ethical considerations at play?


Open Dialog Q+A


Facilitators

Jennifer Altosaar Coordinator, Community Network of Specialized Care – Toronto Region

Community Network of Specialized Care

Louis Busch BST, ABS (h.c.), M.Ed., BCBA Forensic Dual Diagnosis Specialty Service – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The Forensic Dual Diagnosis Specialty Service works to reduce the number of individuals with a developmental disability entering the forensic mental health system and to safely discharge and transition individuals who are the detained under an Ontario Review Board disposition to Developmental Services sector. As well, to build, strengthen and sustain partnerships with Developmental Services Sector to foster the best care for this patient population. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Community Partners