10/07/2011 2:17 PM
There is now a more organized response to the news about the announcement that the PPAO (Psychiatric Advocacy Patient Office) may be handed over to the Canadian Mental Health Association's Ontario Office, especially without community consultation.
Advocates have to be independent or they cannot effectively advocate. The CMHA, who delivers services and has ACT teams, cannot be the watchdog of all the other services. Who will be the watchdog for the CMHA? How does someone who receives a service from a CMHA branch make a complaint? And to whom?
Please see the website for the Coalition for an Independent Psychiatric Patient Advocacy Office at www.cippao.com. There is a link and a template letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Mathews. Please send the letter. Raise your voice to say this is not OK with you.
There is also a Facebook page available to help you to stay informed and connected.