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National Public Policy Positions

The documents on this page are National Public Policy Positions by CMHA National, offering advice and recommendations to decision-makers creating policies that will affect mental health and persons with mental illness.

 

April 17, 2015 Right to Privacy Related to Mental Health Information Contained within Police Records

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is very concerned with the disclosure of mental health information, such as suicide attempts and apprehensions under various provincial Mental Health Acts, to law enforcement officials and third parties through police information or background checks. Disclosing otherwise private (medical or treatment seeking) information undermines people’s ability to seek appropriate care.