CAMH LAUNCHES EXTERNAL REVIEW OF PASSES AND PRIVILEGES FOR PATIENTS AFTER MAN FLEES COUNTRY

Jul 25, 2019

By Jane Brown

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An external review of passes and privileges for patients has been launched at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

The decision comes after the disappearance of a 47 year old patient who left the country while on a day pass.

The Centre has faced intense criticism following Zhebin Cong’s disappearance on July 2nd.

CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn says the centre’s job is twofold; to protect community safety but also to help individuals recover from their mental illness.

“During treatment over several months and sometimes years, there’s an increasing ability of individuals to safely leave the environment, first accompanied and then with greater levels of freedom and he was on that process. People with mental illness, including people with severe and complex mental illness do improve,” Zhan explained.

The CAMH review is one of several that has been launched following Cong’s disappearance including by Toronto Police and the Ontario solicitor general’s office.

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