Health Law: A primer for family caregivers in the mental health and addictions sector

Thu, August 26, 2021 - Thu, September 09, 2021
ZOOM Webinar

hosted by the ontario caregiver organization


Part 1: In this session, we will examine how the Health Care Consent Act and Personal Health
Information Protection Act, 2004 affect an individual’s rights, the roles and obligations of substitute
decision-makers, and practical strategies for navigating the health system. It will also speak to special
issues in the mental health and addictions sectors, and key issues regarding children and youth.

Part 2: As a follow-up session, we will talk about the mental health system, including the Mental Health
Act framework and community-based services, risk management considerations, privacy, and being an
advocate in the system. We will discuss broadly to case scenarios in the mental health and addictions
sector, involving the health system, housing and more.


Angie Hamilton is an Executive Director and Co-Founder of Families for Addiction
Recovery, a retired lawyer and parent of a child who struggles with addiction. She
is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Canadian Society of Addiction
Medicine and a Board Member of The Ontario Family Caregivers’ Advisory
Network. She was a member of the National Board of MADD Canada from 2014 to
2020 and the Chair of their Public Policy Committee.

Mary Jane Dykeman is a partner and co-founder at INQ Law in Toronto. She
has acted as in-house legal counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals. In her
work, she regularly assists hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and
community health care organizations in finding practical solutions to legal, clinical,
risk and privacy matter - including mental health, consent, capacity and substitute
decision-making, and difficult family issues. Since 2004, she has taught the mental
health law course in the Osgoode Professional Development Health Law LL.M. 

She has authored multiple sector reports with The Change Foundation on privacy issues and barriers
faced by family caregivers navigating the health care system. Mary Jane is the past Chair of the Board
of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and Deputy Chair of the research ethics board at Canadian
Blood Services; Advisory Committee for the Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Research and
Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM) at the University of Toronto.

Part 1: August 26th, 2021

Part 2: September 9th, 2021

Time: 12 :00 pm – 1 :00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Place: Zoom (link provided via email to those who register)

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Please note that this presentation is available in English only.
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