Mental Health Act

Expression of Interest - Northwest Territories Mental Health Act Review Board Members

The Department of Health and Social Services invites members of the public to apply to be a public representative of the NWT Mental Health Act Review Board.

The Northwest Territories Mental Health Act Review Board’s mandate is based on involuntary psychiatric patients’ right to appeal their status as an involuntary patient under the Northwest Territories Mental Health Act legislation.

The Board’s function is to ensure that patients admitted by physicians and detained involuntarily have access to an objective review process. 

The Board has jurisdiction to conduct hearings to review and decide whether persons committed to a designated facility should continue to be committed based on the legislation.

The Board’s mandate requires that it operate at arm’s length from government.

The Mental Health Act Review Board is comprised of a chair and members who are appointed by the Minister of Health and Social Services

Board members are appointed for two-year terms with the option of renewal, and the Chairperson is appointed to a three-year term.

Preferred skills and abilities:

  • An interest in mental health and upholding patient rights.
  • Prior experience with hearings is considered an important asset.
  • Knowledge of issues relating to individuals living with mental health disorders.
  • Proficiency in English to comprehend hearing documents and notices
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and availability to work on short notice
  • Successful completion of a Criminal records check and vulnerable sectors check.  

Deadline for applying is April 30, 2024.

Applications should be marked “Northwest Territories Mental Health Act Review Board- Application for Appointment”

Please send a resume, experience and references to:

Department of Health and Social Services
6th Floor Tatsaotı̨̀ne Building
5015 49 Street
Yellowknife NT  X1A 2L9
Email:  MHAct_ReviewBoard@gov.nt.ca
Phone:  867-767-9061 extension 49177