involuntary psychiatric treatment Act

The Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act in Nova Scotia was created so that people who need to be in hospital because of a mental illness, but refuse, can be helped. The Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act can apply to a person living with a mental illness who:

The Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act, like many other government Acts, can be confusing and difficult to understand. It outlines rules for:

Overall, the Act is intended to balance people’s rights with ensuring they receive the treatment they need. An independent Patient Rights Advisor service is available to help people better understand their rights under the Act. The service also provides assistance to people who have been designated as substitute decision makers.

A substitute decision maker is usually a close relative such as a spouse or parent who has had contact with the person living with mental illness within the last year. The substitute decision maker is legally authorized to make treatment decisions on behalf of the patient when she is incapable of doing so.

Resources to help: