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.
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.
All Board members would be expected to have the following competencies:
Panel Chairs will require additional competencies:
The Board Chair will require the following additional competencies:
The Mental Health Care and Treatment Act sets out the following qualifications/requirements:
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.
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.