Mercedes Perez quoted in The Toronto Star

Mercedes was quoted in a Toronto Star article detailing a “landmark” successful Charter challenge to the Mental Health Act.  Mercedes represented the appellant P.S. in the precedent setting case before the Ontario Court of Appeal of a deaf man detained for almost two decades at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.  The Court of Appeal agreed with Mercedes that the Mental Health Act was unconstitutional to the extent that it permitted psychiatric detentions for more than 6 months without sufficient liberty protections.  The Court of Appeal also agreed that deaf persons detained in psychiatric facilities must be accommodated with regular ASL interpretation.  Read the full story here.