A Practical Guide to Mental Health and the Law in Ontario

This toolkit was produced for use of the Ontario Hospital Association and is intended to provide health care professionals with a general understanding of mental health law issues with an overview of the legislation that governs the provision of mental health in Ontario. It should not be used in place of legal advice.  It does describe key legislation such as the Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent Act, Substitute Decisions Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act.  It reviews the issues of consent to treat and determining capacity to consent and the role of Substitute Decision Makers.