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Apr 13 2013

Senator Mobina Jaffer BILL S-216

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Right now the Canadian Senate is debating Improved Mental Health for Inmates The following has been put forward by Senator Mobina Jaffers.

An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Criminal Code (mental health treatment)
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1996, c. 19
CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES ACT
1. Section 10 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (5):
Mental health treatment
(6) A court sentencing a person who is convicted of an offence under this Part may delay sentencing to enable the offender
(a) to participate in a mental health court treatment program approved by the Attorney General;
(b) to attend a mental health treatment program under subsection 720(2) of the Criminal Code; or
(c) to receive mental health treatment under the supervision of the court, with the consent of the Attorney General.
Minimum punishment
(7) If the offender successfully completes a program under paragraph (6)(a) or (b) or if the court is satisfied that the offender has successfully completed the mental health treatment under paragraph (6)(c), the court is not required to impose the minimum punishment for the offence for which the person was convicted.
R.S., c. C-46
CRIMINAL CODE
2. Subsection 720(2) of the Criminal Code is replaced by the following:
Court-supervised programs
(2) The court may, with the consent of the Attorney General and the offender and after considering the interests of justice and of any victim of the offence, delay sentencing to enable the offender to attend a treatment program approved by the province under the supervision of the court, such as an addiction treatment program, a domestic violence counselling program or a mental health treatment program

You can find Bill S-216 here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6003712&Language=E&Mode=1&Col=1&File=24

Please read this great talk given by Ms Jaffer and you can leave a comment: http://www.mobinajaffer.ca/senate-chamber/senate-speeches/february-26-2013-improved-mental-health-treatment-for-federally-sentenced-women#comment-7193

1 comment

  1. Janice

    I think you have the wrong bill # unless they are also Identified by year. Bill S216 was to get Nortel to pay for the Nortel disabled loss of LTDisability and benefits due to a toxic corporate self-insured *plan of insurance*. If they reuse bill numbers, that*s weird, and of course I apologize for my incorrect correction! Just started following you on Twitter so that*s how I ended up here and noticed this. 🙂

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