Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act

Mental Health Services

Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act

In October 2005, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly passed the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act. The Act is about making sure that those who are unable to make treatment decisions, due to their severe mental illness, receive the appropriate treatment. It became law on July 3, 2007.

The Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act is appropriate when someone with a mental disorder:

  • as a result of the mental disorder
    • is threatening or attempting to be or has recently been a danger to him/herself or others; or
    • is likely to suffer serious physical impairment or serious mental deterioration or both;
  • lacks capacity to make decisions about his or her care,
  • requires care in a psychiatric facility and cannot be admitted voluntarily.

There are changes to the responsibilities of mental health and other health professionals, hospital administrators, and law enforcement under the legislation. New forms are required and can be found below.

For more information please review the legislation and regulations. Fact sheets are available for patients and their families, hospital administrators and law enforcement.