The court can order treatment for either mental health or addiction issues.

  • Mental health treatment

    If someone needs help for a mental disorder but doesn’t agree they need help, you can ask your local Mental Health Services to assess the person under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act. If the assessments indicate that the person needs compulsory treatment, the Mental Health Service can apply to the Family Court for an order for compulsory treatment.

  • Compulsory substance addiction treatment

    If you're receiving compulsory treatment for severe substance addiction, your doctor must ask the Family Court to review your situation within 10 days of your treatment beginning. Also, you or someone else can ask the Family Court to urgently review your situation at any time.

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