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Province appoints adviser for external review of CAMH

Following multiple patients under the watch of CAMH slip away, one managed to fly out of the country, the provincial government is appointing an adviser to an external review of CAMH.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott stated that the province and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have agreed that the government will “participate directly” in an external review of the hospital’s procedures for issuing passes and granting privileges for forensic patients.

“We are therefore now working to identify and appoint a government adviser to the panel and will share that information once it becomes available,” the statement reads. “The recommendations from this review will provide expert advice on how to improve hospital protocols and will protect patients and the community.

“I want to thank CAMH for their collaborative efforts to address these challenges. Together, we will ensure that the system is working to protect patients and area residents.”

Four patients have gotten away from the facility in recent weeks. The centre’s president announced an external review of its processes in late July.

That announcement came just over a week after it came to light that Zhebin Cong, found not criminally responsible in a 2014 stabbing death, had left the country while on an unaccompanied community pass issued in accordance with the terms of his Ontario Review Board disposition.

A few weeks after that, a 27-year-old man went missing from CAMH for several hours but was located in the city’s west end the same day and returned to hospital security, according to Toronto police.

Court documents show the man had gone missing on two occasions and had attempted to leave another time.

Then last week, a 45-year-old man with a long history of sexual offences against strangers disappeared from the facility and was ultimately located in Brampton. -CINEWS


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