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Statement in support of a legislative extension for Medical Assistance in Dying for persons suffering solely from a mental disorder

Jan 30, 2024

The Canadian Mental Health Association welcomes the federal government’s decision to postpone the planned expansion in March 2024 of Medical Assistance in Dying for persons whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental disorder (MAID MD-SUMC). CMHA wrote to the Ministers of Health, Mental Health and Addictions, and Justice in December 2023 outlining our concerns and request for additional time to ensure MAID MD-SUMC can be safely provided and that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect persons who are seeking it. [Continue Reading]

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