Centre de réadaptation Lisette-Dupras (QC)

  • Jocelin Lecomte, Commissaire local adjoint, Plaintes et à la qualité des services, Centre de réadaptation Lisette-Dupras, Lachine, Quebec (Local Deputy Commissioner, Service Quality and Complaints)

Création et mise en oeuvre de la fonction de conseiller aux affaires juridiques interne au CRDITED de Montréal 

Developing and Implementing a Legal Affairs Counselor Position at the Montreal Rehabilitation Centre for Mentally Disabled Persons and Persons With Pervasive Developmental Disorders (CRDITED)

The delivery of specialized services to persons with mental disabilities by Rehabilitation Centres for Mentally Disabled Persons and Persons With Pervasive Developmental Disorders (CRDITEDs) presents extraordinary challenges for clinicians and managers alike. The Montreal Rehabilitation Centre for Mentally Disabled Persons and Persons With Pervasive Developmental Disorders (CRDITED) was created through the merger of 3 CRDITEDs after one of them was placed under trusteeship due to a failure to comply with the fundamental rights of its users.

The correlation between the respect of the fundamental rights of users and their state of health requires that this respect be the central thrust of the services offered by Rehabilitation Centres (CRDITEDs). A number of studies confirm the existence of a strong link between rights and health. They also underline the need for an upstream approach as well as systematic and holistic linkaging between the rights of users and services offered by the Montreal CRDITED.

This is why our EXTRA project focuses on developing and implementing a Legal Affairs Counselor function. This position is in itself an intervention leading to other interventions, or even innovations, which multiply the effects of the promotion of rights within the institution, amongst partners, thus permitting a strategy of continuous change. A number of outcomes already stem from this intervention.