A mental health facility generally means a provincial mental health facility in which a patient is involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act or a mental health team if the patient is on leave under the Mental Health Act .
Here is an updated list of designated facilities which admit and treat involuntary patients.
Mental health facilities have disclosure obligations which are ongoing and relevant records that are acquired or generated between the time of initial disclosure and the hearing must also be disclosed promptly before the hearing where reasonably practicable. Please see more details in the Practice Direction – Guidelines for Disclosure.
A case presenter is a representative of a facility and a participant at a review panel hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the criteria for certification still apply to the patient. A case presenter’s role at the hearing is to present the facility’s case for the patient’s continued detention under the Mental Health Act.
A case presenter may give evidence at a hearing and should be knowledgeable of the patient’s history and condition, including relevant medical records. Case presentations are often conducted by a patient’s treating physician; however, the facility may assign another individual to be the case presenter, such as a case manager, nurse, mental health clinician or social worker. The facility may also assign co-presenters.