The BC Ombudsperson publicly released a report on March 7th, 2019 titled “Committed to Change: Protecting the Rights of Involuntary Patients under the Mental Health Act”. Here is the link to the Report and the link to the government response to the Report. On July 26, 2022, the BC Ombudsperson released an investigative update titled “Systemic Investigation Update: Report … Read More
The Navigator is a newly established position supporting the Mental Health Review Board’s new hearing process for children and youth. The Navigator will provide a relationship-based and support-based approach to assisting child and youth in the new hearing process. This approach will require building trust and respect in order to fully assess the applicants’ needs … Read More
Following a merit-based recruitment process, Paul Singh has been appointed for a three-year term as chair of the Mental Health Review Board, the independent tribunal established under the Mental Health Act. Singh holds a bachelor of science degree in neuropsychology and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and an MBA from the … Read More
The Mental Health Review Board is pleased to provide the Consultation Report prepared by Joan Cotie. See here for report. The Consultation Report responds to recommendation #14 contained within the 2021 Report of the BC Representative for Children and Youth, Detained: Rights of children and youth under the Mental Health Act. Recommendation #14 provides: “That … Read More
In light of Ning Alcuitas-Imperial’s appointment as chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, Jacqueline Beltgens has been appointed acting chair of the Mental Health Review Board (MHRB). Jacqueline Beltgens is a lawyer with a broad background in civil and administrative law, and extensive experience in quasi-judicial decision-making. She has been an in-house legal … Read More
The Mental Health Review Board will be closed September 30th, 2021 in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021FIN0048-001531
On January 19, 2021, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth Jennifer Charlesworth released a report saying that the provincial government must act to better protect the interests of children and youth involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act. Recommendation #14 was directed at the Mental Health Review Board. It recommends that the MHRB pilot a … Read More
Effective April 1, 2021. See here under Forms and Others.
The Mental Health Review Board continues to remain fully operational during the Province of B.C.’s response to COVID-19. Full service to the public is available through online and telephone services. Hearings are now being conducted by video through Zoom. This will continue until further notice.
Following a merit-based recruitment process, Luningning Alcuitas-Imperial has been appointed chair of the Mental Health Review Board (MHRB). Ning Alcuitas-Imperial is a seasoned lawyer and an executive in the provincial administrative justice system, with progressive and extensive experience in quasi-judicial decision-making. She has expertise in providing strategic leadership managing operations in a complex and dynamic … Read More