Ryan Fritsch

Ryan Fritsch was policy counsel at Legal Aid Ontario leading the development of the Mental Health Strategy. He previously served as legal counsel to the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office and continues to support numerous community initiatives, including as co-chair of the Mental Health Police Record Check Coalition.

Access to justice and the need for a mental health strategy

Mental health courts are meant to address issues that go beyond criminal culpability, and to respond to deeper questions about the relationship between mental health and justice. Who speaks for those who are denied a voice, or who are unsure how to answer, or who are ignored as mad when they do speak? How are legal decisions made supportively, rather than by substitution?