We provide representation to people who have applied to review their involuntary detention under the B.C. Mental Health Act at a hearing before the Mental Health Review Board. These hearings are usually called Review Panel hearings.
If you are involuntarily detained or certified under the B.C. Mental Health Act you have the right to apply to review or contest your involuntary detention (certification) at a Mental Health Review Board Review Panel hearing. You can apply for a Review Panel hearing by submitting a Form 7 (Request for Review Panel Hearing). Your nursing staff or mental health team will also have copies of these forms and can help you to submit an application. We have a self-help guide to help you prepare for your Review Panel hearing, if you are going on your own.
Once you have applied for a Mental Health Review Board (Review Panel) hearing please call us at 604-685-3425 or toll free at 1-888-685-6222 and ask to speak to someone about your upcoming Mental Health Review Board (Review Panel) hearing.
Representation at Mental Health Review Board hearings will be provided for persons throughout the province who have been involuntarily detained in hospital or on extended leave in or through a designated facility under the BC Mental Health Act.
You can also find out more about your rights under the B.C. Mental Health Act from your nursing staff or mental health team. You should have received a Form 13 notifying you of your rights under the B.C. Mental Health Act. To learn more about the BC Mental Health Act check the provincial Guide to the Mental Health Act (2005) found at the provincial Ministry of Health website.
Program and Funder Eligibility
Representation by our program is subject to the Legal Services Society’s financial eligibility criteria, specifically the Household Income Table. You may still be eligible for services if you cannot access your finances or under special circumstances.
Due to resource constraints you may become ineligible for representation under the following circumstances:
- If you have cancelled two hearings in a one year period
- If you do not show up to your hearing once in one year
- If you have refused our services once in one year
- If you go on unauthorized absence twice in one year
However, if it has been one year since the last Mental Health Review Board (Review Panel) hearing you attended with representation from MHLP, or if you have attended at least one Review Panel hearing without our assistance, you will be eligible for representation from us again.
If you have applied for a hearing and have any questions about whether you are eligible, please contact us at 604-685-3425 or toll free at 1-888-685-6222.
For more information about the BC Mental Health Act please see Guide to the Mental Health Act (2005) from the provincial Ministry of Health.
If you are a lawyer working with us to represent clients at Review Panel hearings, or if you are interested in doing so, we have a Resource page for lawyers working with our Mental Health Law Program, with information, forms, and guides.