The Mental Health Act of Alberta was enacted to provide safeguards, supports and supervision, for mentally ill individuals. In 2004, the Minister of Health initiated the process to examine the Act to ensure that the legislation remains responsive to the needs of involuntary patients and to provide a community treatment option. Several amendments were introduced in September 2009 and January 2010, as a result of that review.
Changes were made to the criteria for certification and notification provisions (to physicians), and Community Treatment Orders were introduced. Additionally the Alberta Mental Health Patient Advocate’s powers of investigation were expanded.
For more information see the Mental Health Act of Alberta: A Summary of Recent Changes