Building Connections with Police Mental Health Resources
Often for people supporting a friend or family member living with mental illness in crisis, when they have exhausted what resources are available,...
This video resource is part of The Recordings Project, a project of HereToHelp” and the BC Schizophrenia Society.
Gerrit Clements, JD, is a practising health lawyer and teacher who has given legal advice to health care providers and governments since 1974. He was involved in the planning and writing of all B.C. legislation on consent, substitute decision-making, advance care planning and adult guardianship for 28 years. See below for Mr. Clements’ full bio and for a more detailed overview of what is covered in the video.
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Gerrit Clements, JD, is a practicing health lawyer and teacher. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia where he teaches health care law, and ethics and law in nursing, respectively. He also teaches health law at the university of the Fraser valley and at Vancouver community college as well as mental health law at Vancouver Island University.
He has given legal advice to health care providers and governments since 1974. From 1981 to 2007 he was senior legal advisor to the ministry of health. In that capacity he gave legal advice to the bc government with respect to the mental health act, including all court challenges and significant amendments. He was responsible for all editions of the guide to the mental health act from 1996 to 2005.
Mr. Clements was involved in the planning and writing of all B.C. legislation on consent, substitute decision-making, advance care planning and adult guardianship for 28 years. Much of his knowledge and experience in this respect is collected in the 2012 annotated British Columbia incapacity planning legislation, adult guardianship act and related statutes.
For 40 years, he has provided interpretations of these and other health laws to health care professionals as well as relevant education at over three thousand conferences and workshops across the country. He was a member of the minister’s advisory committee on ethical issues in health care in B.C. from 1993 to 1998. He is a member of the provincial forum for clinical ethics support and coordination (2010-present) and a member of the central Okanagan clinical ethics committee (2007-present).
Note: The following summaries (along with the video text summaries) are paraphrased from the video and were not written by Mr. Clements. For the clearest, most detailed and accurate version, please refer to Mr. Clements speech in the video.