Alberta committee seeking input on mental health laws

A legislature committee reviewing Alberta’s mental health laws wants to hear from the public about how the province deals with mentally ill people who need treatment.

A legislature committee reviewing Alberta's mental health laws wants to hear from the public about how the province deals with mentally ill people who need treatment.

The standing committee on families and communities is looking at the use of community treatment orders and the criteria used to send people to mental health facilities involuntarily.

People have until Feb. 29 to send written comments. The committee says all submissions and the names of who wrote them could be made public.

The committee is made up of MLAs from all political parties. The review of the Mental Health Amendment Act must wrap up by July 16, 2016.

A mental health review co-chaired by Liberal Leader David Swann and Service Alberta Minister Danielle Larivee completed its work by the end of 2015.

The report is now in the hands of Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. The government has committed to releasing the report publicly.

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