Mental Health Services - Patient Rights Advisor Services

Provided by: Government of Nova Scotia - Department of Health and Wellness (aka DHW)

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Contact Details

Patient Rights Advisor Services:
902-404-3322

Fax:
902-404-3434

Toll-Free:
1-866-779-3322
Patient Rights Advisor Services

Service Website:
http://www.novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/patient-rights-advisor-services.asp

Service Description

* COVID-19 UPDATE - Government services have been affected by COVID-19 * Visit website for information on service delivery during the pandemic https://novascotia.ca/dhw/

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Under the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act (IPTA), a patient can access an advisor whose job is to advise them of their rights.

Rights advice is a standard form of information provided to patients in Nova Scotia who experience a change in legal status, for example upon being made involuntary, incapable of consenting to treatment etc.  Rights advice provides protection to individuals who are experiencing a loss of freedom to make their own decisions. This protection takes the form of explaining the loss, the options available to the affected individual with respect to having the decision reviewed, and obtaining legal representation if requested.

The patient-advisor service may offer advice and assistance to:

  • A person who is undergoing an involuntary psychiatric assessment upon request of patient or substitute-decision maker
  • An involuntary patient who is subject to a declaration of involuntary admission
  • A patient who is on a 'community treatment order'
  • An involuntary patient who is subject to a 'certificate of leave'
  • A substitute decision-maker of a patient involved in any of the above conditions
Under the IPTA a qualified individual who is employed by the Patient Rights Advisor Service and has successfully completed the training program provides rights advice. The individual can not be an employee of the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK.

Eligibility

The patient-advisor service may offer advice and assistance to:
* A person who is undergoing an involuntary psychiatric assessment upon request of patient or substitute-decision maker
* An involuntary patient who is subject to a declaration of involuntary admission
* A patient who is on a 'community treatment order'
* An involuntary patient who is subject to a 'certificate of leave'
* A substitute decision-maker of a patient involved in any of the above conditions

Service Info

Patient Rights Advisor Services:
902-404-3322

Fax:
902-404-3434

Toll-Free:
1-866-779-3322
Patient Rights Advisor Services

Service Website:
http://www.novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/patient-rights-advisor-services.asp

Application Process:
Call for more information

Documents Required:
No documents required

Fees:
No fees

Languages:
English

Coverage Area:
Nova Scotia

Locations

Department of Health and Wellness

Barrington Tower
Halifax, NS B3J 2A8

Accessibility:
Wheelchair accessible

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Department of Health and Wellness

Address:
Barrington Tower
1894 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2A8

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8

Site Info

Accessibility:
Wheelchair accessible

Coverage Area:
Nova Scotia

Service Info

Patient Rights Advisor Services:
902-404-3322

Fax:
902-404-3434

Toll-Free:
1-866-779-3322
Patient Rights Advisor Services

Service Website:
http://www.novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/patient-rights-advisor-services.asp

Application Process:
Call for more information

Documents Required:
No documents required

Fees:
No fees

Languages:
English

Coverage Area:
Nova Scotia

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