Important!

Please note: the Independent Rights Advice Service will begin the first stage of its soft launch during early 2024. In the first stage, the service will only be available to people who are experiencing involuntary treatment at:

  • Peace Arch Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • Vernon Jubilee Hospital
  • University Hospital of Northern British Columbia
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Red Fish Healing Centre
  • Regional Treatment Centre
  • Hillside Centre
  • Langley Memorial Hospital
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Kelowna General Hospital
  • Cara Centre
  • Wrinch Memorial Hospital
  • Ridge Meadows Hospital
  • Connolly Lodge
  • Cottonwood Lodge
  • Cypress Lodge
  • Timber Creek Tertiary Care Facility
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Memorial Cottage
  • Arbutus Place Geriatric Acute Tertiary Care Facility 
  • Oceanside Geriatric Acute Tertiary Care Facility 

We will continue to add locations where the service is available until it is fully launched across the province. We will update the website whenever a new facility is added.

If you are 16 years of age or older, you can ask for help from the Independent Rights Advice Service if you are currently an involuntary patient under the Mental Health Act

This means either:

  • You are detained in a hospital or facility and are not permitted to move freely or leave as you wish; OR
  • You are on extended leave. This means you may live outside a hospital or facility, but you have to meet conditions like living in a specific place, having a curfew, taking your medication in front of witnesses, or going to mandatory appointments.

If you are under the age of 16, you can ask for help from the Independent Rights Service if:

  • You are currently an involuntary patient under the Mental Health Act; OR
  • You have been admitted to a hospital or facility because your parent or guardian requested it.

You may not have a choice about leaving a hospital or facility or psychiatric treatment if you have been admitted to a hospital of facility because your parent or guardian requested. If you are unsure if you are an involuntary patient or if your parent or guardian requested your admission, you can ask your treatment team.

Only people experiencing detention and involuntary treatment can access the Independent Rights Advice Service. Support network members cannot book rights advice meetings for themselves but can attend a rights advice meeting with the consent of the person they are supporting.

What is an involuntary patient?

Involuntary patient means that you don’t have a choice about your psychiatric treatment or whether you can leave a hospital or facility. If you are unsure if you are an involuntary patient, you can ask your treatment team. You may still be an involuntary patient if you left the hospital or facility. Involuntary treatment, also known as involuntary psychiatric treatment or involuntary commitment, refers to mental health treatment that is administered to a person without their consent.