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November 10th 2015:Towards a National Policy on Decriminalizing Mental Illness in Canada

Catherine Latimer has been the Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Canada, www.johnhoward.ca, since 2011. Dr. Chris Summerville is CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, www.schizophrenia.ca. They explain their own work and the focus of their organizations as it relates to decriminalizing mental illness. They identify what they see as the main challenges facing individuals living with mental health disabilities, and for their families and family caregivers, which result from involvement with the criminal justice system. They describe what they see as the ways in which a natio

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Dr. Chris Summerville

Dr. Chris Summerville is CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada, www.schizophrenia.ca, and Executive Director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. He serves on numerous boards and committees. With an earned doctorate, he is certified with the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner and as an Intervention Trainer with Living Works. As a family member and a recipient of psychiatric services, he sees mental illness as an issue in social justice as well as health.
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Catherine Latimer

Catherine Latimer has been the Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Canada since 2011. Previously, she was a policy lawyer for the federal government providing analysis and policy advice for the Departments of the Solicitor General, the Privy Council Office, and Justice and had a lead responsibility in the development of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Her law degree is from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and her Masters in Criminology is from Cambridge University. She is a Broadbent Fellow.
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