Human Rights Commission releasing guidelines to protect people with mental illness and addictions
By: Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Wed Jun 18 2014
Ontario’s Human Rights Commission is releasing new user-friendly guidelines on how to define, assess, handle and resolve discrimination related to mental health and addiction disabilities.
The guidelines are aimed at ensuring that people with mental illness or addictions have equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in areas such as employment, housing and services.
The 109-page policy, being released Wednesday by Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall, is based on recommendations in the commission’s 2012 report on human rights issues affecting people with mental illness or addictions. That report was the result of a two-year consultation with more than 1,500 individuals and groups, including 1,000 people with mental health issues or addictions as well as employers, housing providers, advocates and family members.
The guidelines rely exclusively on the input received during that consultation, the commission’s largest, the commission says.