Mental Health Law in Developmental Services

Developed in partnership with Participation House Durham.

Who is this for?

Clinicians working with people who have developmental service needs. Includes but is not limited to: Registered Nurses and Allied Health workers.


This course equips professionals who provide care for people with developmental disabilities to navigate the legal system through topics of patient consent and capacity, substitute decision making, forensic mental health system, and other complex scenarios. Through this course, a learner will be able to advocate for the person and provide health education on how mental health law intersects with their care.

In this course you will learn how to:

  1. Identify challenges of navigating legal processes for people with developmental disabilities
  2. Identify strategies to communicate with persons with a developmental disability when obtaining consent
  3. Understand the role of SDMs and OPGT
  4. Identify strategies to resolve issues between client and SDMs using mental health law
  5. Become aware of the duty of care to a client under the forensic system


By the end of this course you will be able to collaboratively problem solve and respond to the client using advocacy and education to navigate legal processes within mental health care.

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