4. Appeal or challenge a CTO
Question & AnswerWhat is a Community Treatment Order?
You can challenge your (CTO) by asking the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB) to review your situation. You can challenge your CTO once every 6 months.
If you apply for a review, the CCB will consider all the details of your situation and make a decision about whether you should have a CTO.
The CCB automatically reviews your CTO every 2nd time it's renewed. For example, the CCB will automatically review your 2nd CTO, your 4th CTO, your 6th CTO, and so on. They do this even if you don't ask for a review.
Get Legal Help
You always have the right to speak to a lawyer about your situation. If you want to apply to the CCB for a review, it can be very helpful to get advice from a lawyer first.
If you're on a CTO or about to be put on a CTO, you should speak to a Rights Adviser. A Rights Adviser can answer your questions about the mental health system and tell you what your legal options are. They aren't lawyers, but they can help you contact a lawyer if you want one.
A Rights Adviser is there to help you. They are not there to help the doctors or the facility.
If you need help finding a Rights Adviser, you can contact the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office at 1-800-578-2343.
Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario gives free legal advice to people with low income. In certain situations involving mental health and psychiatric facilities, Legal Aid Ontario can also give you a certificate for a free lawyer. You can reach Legal Aid Ontario by calling 1-800-668-8258, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Law Society Referral Service gives you the name of a lawyer in your area who can give you a free consultation for up to 30 minutes. You can ask for a lawyer who speaks your language, or a lawyer who accepts Legal Aid certificates. You can get the name of a lawyer by using the website. If you cannot use the online service on their website, you can call the crisis line at 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255 in Toronto. This service is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.