Mental Health Services – Patient Rights Advisor Services

Provided by: Government of Nova Scotia - Department of Health and Wellness

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Service Description

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

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No fees

Languages Offered


Coverage Area

Nova Scotia

Contact Details

Department of Health and Wellness

Barrington Tower
1894 Barrington Street
Halifax NS  B3J 2A8
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 488
Halifax NS  B3J 2R8

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Wheelchair accessible

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia