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Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board

Department

Health and Community Services

Authority

Section 57 of the Mental Health Care and Treatment Act

Remuneration

Level II

Composition:

The board shall comprise a minimum of 13 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and include: a chairperson, who is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; 4 persons, each of whom is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and who expresses an interest in mental health issues; 4 persons, each of whom is a physician; and 4 persons, each of whom is neither a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador nor a physician and each of whom expresses an interest in mental health issues, with preference being given to a person who is or has been a consumer of mental health services. Where the term of a member expires, he or she continues to be a member until reappointed or replaced.

Purpose:

To review applications made by clients seeking a review of: the certification of involuntary admission, the issuance of a Community Treatment Order and/or an alleged denial of a right.

Structure:

The board shall comprise a minimum of 13 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and include: a chairperson, who is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; 4 persons, each of whom is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and who expresses an interest in mental health issues; 4 persons, each of whom is a physician; and 4 persons, each of whom is neither a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador nor a physician and each of whom expresses an interest in mental health issues, with preference being given to a person who is or has been a consumer of mental health services.

A panel of three members of the board shall be appointed by the chairperson to hear and decide an application.

Competency Profile:

All Board members would be expected to have the following competencies:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the legislative purpose, mission, and values
  • have a strong interest or awareness of mental health and illness issues
  • avoid conflicts of interest
  • attend hearings, meetings and conference calls
  • be comfortable using online communications technology (email, online meetings, conference calls, etc.)
  • maintain absolute adherence to confidentiality
  • articulate ideas, opinions, rationales, and comments in a clear, concise, and logical manner
  • communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • understand the need to base decisions on the legislative principles
  • comfortable with people of all types
  • be nonjudgmental
  • have strong listening skills
  • have a calm, friendly demeanor
  • be flexible

Panel Chairs will require additional competencies:

  • experience in conducting hearings, and know how to balance the informal/formal nature of hearings
  • be comfortable using technologies to conduct a hearing

The Board Chair will require the following additional competencies:

  • Timeliness in responding to issues that arise regarding the operation of the Board
  • Use a proactive approach
  • Ability to clarify and resolve issues
  • Ability to handle contentious issues

Qualifications:

The Mental Health Care and Treatment Act sets out the following qualifications/requirements:

  • The chairperson shall be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • 4 persons, each of whom is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and who expresses an interest in mental health issues;
  • 4 persons, each of whom is a physician; and
  • 4 persons, each of whom is neither a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador nor a physician and each of whom expresses an interest in mental health issues, with preference being given to a person who is or has been a consumer of mental health services.

Time Commitments:

Ideally, Board members will participate in hearings in the area of their residence; however they can expect to deal with matters via telehealth due to conflicts, non-availability of members in the area, etc.

Time commitment will vary, depending on the availability of other Board members. Board members can expect to sit on approximately 10 hearings per year (about once per month on average). Many of the set hearings may be cancelled on very little notice. Each hearing is approx. 1-1.5hrs on length, and the time for decisions is about .5-1.5hrs. Each Board member must be sensitive to the time restrictions of the Act, and ensure that time lines are met. 

The Board Chair has a larger time commitment. The Chair will deal with hearing issues (timing, conflicts, etc.), the Annual Report, and questions from participants. Generally, the time commitment to the administrative aspect of the Board is about 1-2hrs a week, not including the Annual Report.

Term:

A member of the Board shall be appointed for a term of three years. A member of the board is eligible for reappointment for an additional single term of three years immediately upon the expiry of his or her initial term of office. Where the term of a member expires, he or she continues to be a member until reappointed or replaced.

Vacancy Profile:

The Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board is seeking to fill the following positions:

  • Chairperson (must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Two individuals to represent the public interest
  • Two Physician positions 
  • Two Lawyer positions

Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to those who have an interest in mental health issues, with preference being given to a person who is or has been a consumer of mental health services. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Aylward, Mr. F. GeoffreyLawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-13
Blackie, Dr. Peter PhysicianLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Brown, Ms. Jill KathrynLawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2013-11-142016-11-13
Buchan, Ms. Moyra Public Interest MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2012-07-102015-07-09
Burke, Ms. Sandra M. Chairperson - LawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2012-07-102015-07-09
Chaulk, Ms. Doreen M. Public Interest MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2013-11-142016-11-13
Dobbin, Ms. ElainePublic Interest MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-11-022018-11-01
Heughan, Dr. Christopher PhysicianLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Horwood, Ms. Kimberley LawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Kranenka, Dr. Joan PhysicianLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Mercer, Ms. Patricia Public Interest MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
O'Neill, Ms. Frankie Public Interest MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Piercey, Q.C., Mr. Randolph J.LawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2013-11-142016-11-13
Redmond MacLean, Ms. Rebecca LawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2013-11-142016-11-13
Robbins, Dr. Carl Winston PhysicianLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Rosales, Dr. Teodora (Ted) O.PhysicianLieutenant Governor in Council2012-07-102015-07-09
Stamp, Ms. Brenda Public Interest MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Stockley, Ms. EmilyLawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2015-11-022018-11-01
Wakeham Peters, Ms. Ruth LawyerLieutenant Governor in Council2015-07-092018-07-08
Warren, Mr. Gerald Public Interest MemberLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12
Wells Young, Dr. Robert PhysicianLieutenant Governor in Council2015-04-132018-04-12

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