Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office Marks a Quarter Century  

TORONTO - April 14, 2008 - The arms-length agency of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established to advocate for the rights of persons with mental disorder celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  The occasion will be marked by events across the Province.  A reception will be held In Toronto on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosetti Room of the Delta Chelsea Inn, 33 Gerrard Street West.  Please click here for details

Swadron Associates enjoys a longstanding relationship with the agency, more commonly known by its acronym PPAO.  Barry Swadron sat as the Chair of the Minister's Advisory Committee that established the agency in 1983.  Starting with offices in each of the ten province-run psychiatric facilities, most of which have since been divested, the PPAO has expanded since 2001 to provide rights advice at most hospitals in the Province that treat persons with mental disorder.  The PPAO has also advocated to reform practices of institutions such as police forces and the Office of the Chief Coroner in areas affecting persons with mental disorder.

To mark its 25th anniversary, the PPAO will release its special report, Honouring the Past, Shaping the Future: 25 Years of Progress in Mental Health Advocacy and Rights Protection.  Included in the report is Marshall Swadron's article entitled The Mental Health Legal Committee: An Honourable Collective, which follows the court interventions of the mental health advocacy group that recently celebrated its own tenth anniversary.