How to assert parental guardianship and control of emotionally unstable teens health care in Ontario
C Asked: How to assert parental guardianship and control of emotionally unstable teens health care in Ontario
I am very concerned, now that my child is 16, that I will no longer be permitted to provide the health care guidance and advocacy that my child has needed over the years. My child has a number of serious mental health diagnoses and has had many suicidal periods and incidents of self harm. With counselling and medications, things always improve until the next time. However, the age of the teen and the privacy laws are against me now, as I am no longer informed of counselling results and can no longer place the teen in a treatment facility unless the teen chooses to go.
Is anyone aware of a way to continue to legally assert parental control over the health and well-being of a very troubled teenager?
Thank you for any informed advice.
P.S. I have looked into a declaration of mental incompetence, however that part of the Mental Health Act seems only to be concerned with the declaration for the purposes of looking after the assets of the individual, not the health, as in this case.
I do have legal guardianship as determined by a custody order many years ago, however once a child is 16, the medical establishment seems to regard the child as capable of making their own decisions, regardless of their capacity to do so.