These occasions presented the opportunity to introduce amendments, in order to, among other things, make the reporting of certain situations of abuse in residential and long-term care facilities compulsory, as well as for persons judged inapt and under guardianship, curatorship or for whom a protection order was approved. In addition, Bill 115 includes five other key measures:
- The compulsory adoption of an anti-mistreatment policy by institutions of the health and social services network;
- Improving the role of the Local Services Quality and Complaints Commissioner;
- The possibility of lifting confidentiality or professional secrecy when there is a serious risk of death or serious injury;
- The development of a regulatory framework for the use of surveillance mechanisms by a user or his / her representative in the facilities of the health and social services network;
- The establishment of a concerted intervention process in the area of mistreatment within each of the regions of Québec (Socio-judicial agreement process).
The Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, Francine Charbonneau, is proud that Bill 115 has passed. According to the minister, the amendments to the bill make it possible to ensure a balance between protection and respect for the self-determination of individuals.
Consult Bill 115 for more details.