Mental Health Law in Developmental Services

This course is designed to provide developmental service workers with an understanding of Ontario mental health law and legislation in a clinical decision-making environment.

By the end of this course you will be able to collaboratively problem solve and respond to individual needs using advocacy and education to navigate legal processes within mental healthcare.

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Recommended for healthcare professionals working with people who have dual diagnosis or developmental service needs. Includes but is not limited to: Registered nurses, allied health workers, behavioural and recreational therapists, and occupational therapists.
  • Identify challenges of navigating legal processes for people with developmental disabilities
  • Identify strategies to communicate with persons with a developmental disability when obtaining consent
  • Understand the role of Substitute Decision-Makers (SDMs) and Ontario Public Guardians and Trustees (OPGT)
  • Identify strategies to resolve issues between clients and SDMs using mental health law
  • Increase awareness of the duty of care to a client under the forensic system
This is an asynchronous course with skills coach support on Yellowdig.