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Representing Clients Impacted by Coercive Mental Health and Substance Use Health Laws
Every day in BC people experience a loss of liberty or other fundamental rights through civil mental health and substance use health laws. But barriers to accessing legal representation have contributed to a significant access to justice crisis. Join Health Justice for the launch of a Legal Research and Resource Guide, generated to assist lawyers and advocates representing people facing detention and coercive mental health and substance use health care in BC.

This 1hr webinar will provide an overview of substantive law and procedures in some of the most relevant contexts, including the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act, the Mental Health Act, the Adult Guardianship Act, the Human Rights Code, and seeking remedies for detention.

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1hr CPD with LSBC.

Feb 22, 2022 12:30 PM in Vancouver

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Laura Johnston
Legal Director @Health Justice
Laura Johnston is a lawyer who has worked primarily in the areas of disability rights, mental health, and human rights. She has represented clients with many different forms of mental disabilities and substance use issues, as well as disability rights organizations, in administrative and constitutional law cases before multiple tribunals and levels of court in Canada. She has conducted research and law reform initiatives to improve access to justice, fairness, and Charter rights for marginalized populations. Before Health Justice, Laura worked for several different equality seeking non-profit organizations and clerked at the BC Supreme Court. Laura teaches Mental Health Law as an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law at UBC and at the University of Victoria. She frequently provides education to legal and medical professionals on topics like the Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship Act, and Health Care (Consent) and Care (Facility) Admission Act.