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Whether Psychoses should be Decriminalized

Whether Psychoses should be Decriminalized

On August 18, 2015, the John Howard society of Ontario released the report “Unlocking Change: Decriminalizing Mental Health Issues in Ontario”. It indirectly raises the question of whether psychoses, which occur with schizophrenia, should be decriminalized. Dr. Chris Summerville is the CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, www.schizophrenia.ca. He explains its role as a national organization, how it handles discussions of psychoses, and its work with psychoses. He discusses the mental-health, societal and mental healthcare system challenges associated with psychoses that may lead to individuals’ involvement with the criminal justice system. He describes how and how well these challenges are handled by the criminal justice system. He discusses the case that can be made for decriminalizing psychoses, the changes essential for mental healthcare systems prior to any efforts to decriminalize psychoses, and what more should be done by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.

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