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Legal Issues in Mental Health Care in Ontario Online Course

Description/Learning Objectives

This seven-week course provides an understanding of key legal issues in mental health and addiction care in Ontario, in the context of clinical, ethical. organizational and systemic factors.  Health care practitioners must be constantly mindful of their legal obligations-including admission, treatment, discharge and health records-in order to respond effectively to clients' rights and empower them to make their own health care decisions.

 As a result of participation in this course, you will be able to:
  • discuss mental health care in a multi-dimensional context
  • summarize legislation governing mental health care in Ontario
  • explain the process of admission to a psychiatric facility, as well as the legal obligations and responsibilities of clinicians and the facility
  • describe the treatment regime in psychiatric facilities
  • discuss the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board, including its structure, scope and powers, as well as the hearing process
  • describe clinical and legal considerations of discharge, including readiness for discharge and discharge procedures, follow up and community care issues, readmission issues and community treatment orders
  • explain legal requirements of privacy and confidentiality of health information, as well duties to warn of or report harm.


Delivery Method



​$375 Registration Fee 

$187.50 CAMH Staff Fee

We no longer accept cheques, due to a variety of issues surrounding this form of payment for our courses.

We apologize for the inconvenience.



This course can be taken alone; however, it qualifies as an elective for the Concurrent Disorders Certificate Program.

Electives must be taken within a four-year period after completing the core course; any courses taken prior to the core program will not count toward the certificate.

Participants will need to either re-take those courses or select electives that they have not previously taken.

The Concurrent Disorders Core Course must be taken first and then you will need to complete only 2 electives (listed below):



​This course can be taken alone; however, it qualifies as an elective for the Concurrent Disorders Certificate Program.


​University of Toronto

Course start date


Refunds for advance (prior to start date) cancellation will be subject to an administrative fee of $100.00.

Withdrawals from a course are accepted within one week from the course's start date and is subject to an administrative fee of $100.00



Robyn Steidman
Education Assistant
Tel. 416-535-8501 x36640
fax. 416-595-6617






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