Health Law: A primer for family caregivers in the MH & A (part 1 of 2)

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Health Law: A primer for family caregivers in the mental health and addictions sector

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Part 1: In this session, we will examine how the Health Care Consent Act and Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 affect an individual’s rights, the roles and obligations of substitute decision-makers, and practical strategies for navigating the health system. It will also speak to special issues in the mental health and addictions sectors, and key issues regarding children and youth.

Part 2: As a follow-up session, we will talk about the mental health system, including the Mental Health Act framework and community-based services, risk management considerations, privacy, and being an advocate in the system. We will discuss broadly to case scenarios in the mental health and addictions sector, involving the health system, housing and more.

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Angie Hamilton is an Executive Director and Co-Founder of Families for Addiction Recovery, a retired lawyer and parent of a child who struggles with addiction. She is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and a Board Member of The Ontario Family Caregivers’ Advisory Network. She was a member of the National Board of MADD Canada from 2014 to 2020 and the Chair of their Public Policy Committee.

Mary Jane Dykeman is a partner and co-founder at INQ Law in Toronto. She has acted as in-house legal counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals. In her work, she regularly assists hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and community health care organizations in finding practical solutions to legal, clinical, risk and privacy matter - including mental health, consent, capacity and substitute decision-making, and difficult family issues. Since 2004, she has taught the mental health law course in the Osgood Professional Development Health Law LL.M.

Please Note: This presentation is available in English only.

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If you support someone in need and feel anxious and overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities, you’re not alone. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 3.3 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role.

Working collectively with caregivers, healthcare providers and other organizations, OCO draws on the variety of work that is currently being done to ease caregiver burn-out and improve the caregiving experience. We find ways to make existing services more broadly available so all caregivers, regardless of age, disease, diagnosis or location can access support. Where there are gaps, we work with caregivers and like-minded partners to find new and creative ways to fill them.

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