How New Mental Health Standards Are Failing Those With Schizophrenia

How New Mental Health Standards Are Failing Those With Schizophrenia

People with the most severe mental illnesses might receive even worse care under Canada's proposed new national mental health standards. The draft standards have been prepared for Accreditation Canada by the new Health Standards Organization (HSO). The public can respond to this draft until October 28. These standards disappoint both by what is ignored as well as by controversial services that health authorities will now mandate. HSO minimizes the impact of severe illnesses and then fails to suggest needed services. It's important to note that the committee creating these standards did not include any psychiatrists. Many people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia rely...

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