Progressive Conservative MLA for Kings North, John Lohr says Stephen McNeil must finally expand Mental Health Courts to rural Nova Scotia.
Lohr introduced an act in the Legislature to require the expansion of the Mental Health Court to every region of the Province. At the moment, the province only has one formalized Mental Health Court in Dartmouth. There is a second, smaller-scale Court Monitored Mental Health Program pilot in Kings County.
“We need leadership from Stephen McNeil to expand mental health courts across Nova Scotia. They have been dragging their feet on this important way to help people suffering from mental illness get into the proper treatment programs, rather than jails,” says Lohr. “Putting a mentally ill young person in jail can have disastrous results. This option should be available across the province, not only in the city and Kings County.”
Mental Health Court was established in November of 2009, and hears cases that have been recommended by a mental health court team that consists of medical and legal professionals.
Lohr is a strong advocate for the expansion of the Mental Health Court.
Since its launch, the Mental Health Court has seen a significant success rate and it would be beneficial to have access to this system province-wide.