Governing Legislation and Resources for Mental Health (14:II)

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A. Legislation

Adult Guardianship Act, RSBC 1996, c 6 [AGA].

Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, S.B.C 2007, c 34 [AGPSAA].

Criminal Code, R.S 1985, c. C-46 (Part XX.1, Mental Disorder provisions) [CC].

Forensic Psychiatry Act, RSBC 1996 c 156 [FPA].

Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act, RSBC 1996, c 181 [HCCFA].

Mental Health Act, RSBC 1996, c 288 [MHA].

Mental Health Amendment Act, S.B.C 1968, c 27 [MHAA].

Patients Property Act, RSBC 1996, c 349 [PPA].

Power of Attorney Act, RSBC 1996, c 370 [PAA].

Public Guardian and Trustee Act, RSBC 1996, c 38 [PGTA].

Representation Agreement Act, RSBC 1996 c 405 [RAA]

B. Resources

1. Counselling Services

Counselling is an invaluable resource for those experiencing distress resulting from legal issues. Some counsellors may also provide integrated case management for people that are suffering from more severe disorders and require greater support.

Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC)

Offers counselling and support services in areas of youth and family, anger management, addictions, and sexual orientation and/or gender identity issues.

Online Website
Address 2455 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 0E6
Phone Telephone: (604)-709-5720
Fax: (604) 709-5721

Peace Portal Counselling Centre

Provides professional counselling services, including services of a clinical psychologist. Office is wheelchair accessible to serve clients from Abbotsford, Delta, Langley, Surrey, and White Rock. Evening appointments are available two days per week.

Online Website
Address c/o Peace Portal Alliance Church
15128 27B Avenue
Surrey, BC V4P 1P2
Phone (604) 542-2501
Fax: (604) 542-2504

New Westminster UBC Counselling Centre

Provides personal and career counselling from counsellors in training. Appointments are available days and evenings from September to June. Priority is given to New Westminster residents, but all lower mainland residents are welcome. They do not charge a fee for their services.

Address University of British Columbia
821 8th Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 3S9
Phone (604) 525-6651
Fax: (604) 517-6102

Oak Counselling Services Society

Offers professionally-supervised counselling for issues such as grief, relationships and life transitions. Fees are based on a sliding scale, ranging upwards from $10 per session.

Online Website
Address 949 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2T1
Phone Voicemail: (604)-266-5611
Fax: (604) 261-7205

2. Advocacy Resources

Access Pro Bono (Greater Vancouver and Victoria)

Provides advice on rights pertaining to mental health law upon appointment. May also be available for habeas corpus applications, s 33 applications under the MHA, as well as applications for judicial review of Mental Health Review Board hearing decisions.

Address 300 - 845 Cambie St
Vancouver, BC
Phone Toll-free: 1-877-762-6664

Peer Navigation (Canadian Mental Health Association)

Provides peer-based support on a wide breadth of issues surrounding mental health, housing, income assistance, legal aid and community connections.

Online Website
Address 110 - 2425 Quebec St.
Vancouver, BC 5TB 4L6
Phone (604) 872-3148

Disability Alliance BC (formerly BC Coalition of People with Disabilities)

  • A self-help umbrella group that raises public awareness of issues affecting people with disabilities.
  • A great resource for people with any type of disability (mental or physical) that can provide help with a wide range of legal and non-legal issues.
  • Clients should contact the Advocacy Access number, below.
Online Website
Phone (604) 875-0188
TTY: (604) 875-8835
Toll-free: 1-800-663-1278

Disability Alliance BC Advocacy Access team

Informs people with disabilities of their legal and social rights, provides lawyer referrals in disputes and holds educational workshops.

Phone (604) 872-1278
Toll-free: 1-800-663-1278

B.C Human Rights Clinic

Provides informational services and an advocacy programme to protect human rights and prevent discrimination.

Online Website
Phone (604) 622-1100
Toll-free: 1-855-685-6222
Fax: (604) 685-7611

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)’s Mental Health Law Program

Provides information on civil commitment, procedure, the rights of mental patients and the MHA amendments. Other CLAS programs provide free legal services in specific areas such as tenants’ rights, E.I., W.C.B. and human rights.

Online Website
Phone (604) 685-3425
Fax: (604) 685-7611

British Columbia Review Board

Makes review dispositions where individuals charged with criminal offences have been given verdicts of not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder or unfit to stand trial on account of mental disorder, by a court.

Online Website
Phone (604) 660-8789
Toll-Free: 1-877-305-2277
Fax: (604) 660-8809

COAST Foundation Society

Provides a variety of mental health services, including a mental health resource centre and community or shared housing options.

Online Website
Phone (604) 872-3502
Toll-Free: 1-877-602-6278
Fax: 604-879-2363

Crisis Centre of Greater Vancouver

24 hour hotline that provides emotional support for clients in distress and refers them to other resources for food, shelter, counselling and legal advice. Please note this is not a counselling hotline.

Phone (604) 872-3311
Toll-free: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

The Kettle Friendship Society

A non-profit agency providing support and services to those suffering from mental illness. Services include providing housing assistance, employment advocacy and an on-site health clinic.

Online Website
Address 1725 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC V5L 2H3
Phone (604) 251-2801
Fax: 604-251-6354

Motivation, Power, and Achievement Society (MPA)

Offers information, counselling and representation for Review panels.

Online Website
Phone (604) 482-3700
Fax: (604) 738-4132

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

  • A non-profit organization that provides information about personal planning, specializing in Representation Agreements and operates a centralized Registry for personal planning documents.
  • Website includes self-help guides and templates.
Online Website

3. Government Resources

British Columbia Review Board

  • Makes review dispositions where individuals charged with criminal offences have been given verdicts of not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder or unfit to stand trial on account of mental disorder, by a court.
Online Website
Phone (604) 660-8789
Toll-free: 1-877-305-2277
Fax: (604) 660-8809

Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

Online Website
Phone (604) 688-3234
Toll-free: 1-800-555-8222
Fax: (604) 688-3236

Department of Justice

  • Website contains all federal statutes and links to related sites.
Online Website

Guide to the Mental Health Act

Online Website

Mental Health Review Board

  • Responsible for conducting reviews of involuntarily admitted patients.
  • Website provides FAQ, Rules, and other helpful links.
Online Website
Phone (604) 660-2325

Ministry of Health Services

  • Provides downloadable Mental Health Act forms on their website.
Online Website

MPA Court Services

Court workers assist clients with a mental health disability during the criminal court process. Clients may also be assisted following court appearances (e.g. with bail or probation orders).

Phone (604) 688-3417
Vancouver area: (604) 660-4292
Surrey area: (604) 572-2405

Public Guardian and Trustee of BC (PGT)

  • An independent, impartial public official and Officer of the Court who serves to balance protection with autonomy and to ensure people may live as they choose with the support of family and friends.
  • Offers Child and Youth Services; namely upholds and protects the rights of those under the age of 19 by reviewing all personal injury settlements, legal contracts, trusts and estates involving minors and ensuring that children are properly represented in all legal matters that affect their lives.
  • Acts as guardian of estate for children who are in provincial government care and for those undergoing adoption.
  • Services to Adults are primarily to uphold the rights of adults who are unable to manage their own affairs. This role includes helping them with financial and legal matters and supporting their lifestyle and health care decisions.
  • Estate Administration settles the estates of deceased persons when there is no named executor or when there is no one willing or able to act as executor. This includes securing assets, settling debts and claims against the estate and identifying and locating heirs and beneficiaries.
Online Website
Phone (604) 660-4444
Fax: (604) 660-0374

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

Provides advocacy services and up-to-date legal information on wills and estates, trustees and financial planning. Also, works with families in developing personal support networks for relatives with disabilities and provides advocacy and monitoring services for families whose parents have passed away

Online Website
Phone (604) 439-9566
Fax: (604) 439-7001

Vancouver Access & Assessment Centre (AAC)

Located at Vancouver General Hospital, the AAC offers short term treatment on-site, by telephone and by mobile response. Clinical staff, including registered nurses, social workers, and psychiatrists, provide 24/7 support, stabilization, and crisis management to clients.

Online Website
Phone 1-604-675-3700

Vancouver Mental Health Emergency Services

  • A partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vancouver Police Department that provides rapid assistance in cases of mental health-related emergencies within the city limits of Vancouver
  • Offers a 24 hour Crisis Line and can provide specially trained police and nurse services when necessary
Phone (604) 874-7307 or via 911

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