Oppositional Defiant Disorder (cont'd)

We continue our discussion and talk to the lawyer who is representing a 13 year old girl with ODD and a psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent mental health.

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ODD - Lawyer

Before the break Anna Maria was speaking to the parents of a 13-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with a number of mental and behavioural conditions. She was deemed too violent for the facility and was sent to the U.S. And now back in Canada, she is in the custody of Children's Aid. Her parents say they are desperate to get her help and deeply worried about her future.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, we aren't allowed to identify the girl. Meaghan Thomas is a lawyer with the law firm Bayne Sellar Boxall and she represents her. She was in Ottawa.

We requested interviews with Ontario's Health Minister Deb Matthews and Ontario's Child and Youth Services Minister Laurel Broten to ask them about the concerns raised by our guests today. Neither was available to speak to us this morning.

ODD - Psychiatrist

To help us understand why someone in this girl's situation would be having so much trouble getting the help she needs, we were joined now by Doctor Stan Kutcher. He's a world-renowned psychiatrist working in the area of adolescent mental health who does research at Dalhousie University. He's also the Director of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center in Mental Health and a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Child and Youth Advisory Panel. He was in Halifax.

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