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Mental health police records not criminal records: CMHA Ontario

April 24, 2014

CMHA Ontario was sought recently to comment on a new report from Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner that criticized the sharing of personal information related to suicide attempts with U.S. border officials.

Photo of Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario

Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario

Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario, said the report is a good first step toward addressing the broader issue of mental health police records, which are not criminal records and should not be treated as such.

Quenneville was quoted in the Toronto Star and by the Canadian Press. She also appeared on a television news broadcast in the GTA.

Read CMHA Ontario’s news release in the wake of the Privacy Commissioner’s report.

CMHA Ontario has been active in addressing the issue of the disclosure of mental health police records through its work with the Police Records Check Coalition (PRCC). CMHA Ontario is a co-chair of the PRCC which is working to change the current practice in Ontario of releasing non-criminal information as part of a police record check.

Read more about the PRCC.

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