By Dewey Funk, UNA Occupational Health & Safety Advisor
I am pleased to be advised by Alberta Health Services that concerns raised by UNA members in regard to the RCMP bringing Form 10 patients to facilities not designated under the Mental Health Regulations that RCMP K Division have put in place a Directive on July 20, 2017. The directive is addressed to District Commanders for frontline law enforcement and is summarized as follows:
“K” Division Criminal Operations forwarded direction to responsible District Commanders to direct that all persons apprehended under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act were to be conveyed to the authorized designated facilities.
The following is a listing of Designated Facilities as per the Mental Health Regulations
(a) Alberta Hospital Edmonton;
(b) Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury;
(c) Peter Lougheed Centre;
(d) Foothills Medical Centre;
(e) Misericordia Community Hospital;
(f) Royal Alexandra Hospital;
(g) University of Alberta Hospital;
(h) Grey Nuns Community Hospital;
(i) Chinook Regional Hospital;
(j) Medicine Hat Regional Hospital;
(k) Northern Lights Regional Health Centre;
(l) Queen Elizabeth II Hospital;
(m) Rockyview General Hospital;
(n) Claresholm Centre for Mental Health and Addictions;
(o) Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre;
(p) Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre;
(q) St. Therese — St. Paul Healthcare Centre;
(r) Villa Caritas;
(s) South Health Campus;
UNA is now entering into discussions with AHS regarding the process going forward should RCMP bring Form 10 patients to undesignated facilities.
Should a Form 10 patient be brought to an undesignated site, UNA members can discuss the Directive with the RCMP. You should phone your Site Director or Manger on-call to advise of the situation and ask what supports will be put in place for assistance.
AHS will notify UNA of the process to document occurrences on MySafetyNet (MSN) so that WHS Zone Directors are aware. We will forward this information on to you when this becomes available.
I am asking you to provide details about any incidents to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the provincial office at 780-425-1025 or 1-800-252-9394. We need to document and record these instances to enable education on this Directive so we all have safe workplaces.