Mental Health Amendment Act, 2020 (Bill 22)

  • July 09, 2020

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AmendedMental Health Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 288

Summary: Bill 22 amends the Mental Health Act, including to:

  • Add a new Part 2 that provides for the admission, detention and discharge of a youth from a hospital designated as a stabilization facility in order to provide health care regarding the youth's engagement in severe problematic substance use;
  • Provide that the best interests of a youth must be considered as specified;
  • Provide that a youth is admitted to a hospital following a life-threatening overdose for stabilization care for up to 48 hours or until the youth’s decision-making capacity is restored, for a maximum of 7 days.

In Force: By regulation

If you have questions, please contact Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC, email: srennie@cbabc.org.