Mental Health Review Board

The purpose of the board is to review cases involving persons who are suffering from mental disorder or is believed to be in need of treatment provided in a psychiatric facility.

What is the function of the board?

An involuntary patient, or any person on the patient's behalf, may apply in the prescribed form to the chairperson of the Review Board requesting the Board to review:

  • (a) that the criteria for admission of the patient as an involuntary patient were satisfied;
  • (b) the status of the patient;
  • (c) the patient's certificate of renewal;
  • (d) the patient's certificate of leave;
  • (e) an opinion that the patient is or is not capable and the choice of substitute decision-maker who may consent on behalf of the patient;
  • (f) an opinion that the patient is or is not capable of managing his or her affairs;
  • (g) the decision to transfer the patient to another facility or jurisdiction;
  • (h) any unreasonable denial of the patient's communication rights.

A psychiatrist or the administrator may apply in the prescribed form to the chairperson of the Review Board requesting that the Board authorize:

  • a) specified psychiatric treatment and other related medical treatment without consent;
  • b) the withholding of all or part of the clinical record of a patient who applies for access to it, and the Review Board may grant such authority.

Primary Role:  Adjudicative

Material Role: 

  • Strategic Development 
  • Advisory 
  • Managerial/Oversight 

How many people are on the board?

The Review Board shall be composed of three members of whom:

  • (a) one shall be a member in good standing of the Law Society of PEI who shall be chairperson and preside at meetings of the Board;
  • (b) one shall be a psychiatrist; and
  • (c) one shall be neither a lawyer nor a physician.

What are the requirements of board members?

Formal Qualifications
Dependant on the position sought.

Work & Experience Requirements
Dependant on the position sought.

Skills Required
Tribunal skills and skills consistent with material role (shown above).

What are the nomination requirements?

Statutory Nomination Requirements
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint the members of the Review Board and alternate members (where for any reason a member is unable or refuses to act, the appropriate alternate member shall act in his or her stead.

Will I get paid?

Chair - $200/diem and Members - $142/diem.

What is the time commitment of the board?

Variable depending on the number and complexity of reviews. The review board has two sets of board members that can fulfil the legislative mandate. Alternates can be called upon if necessary.

A member shall hold office for the period, not to exceed three years, specified in the instrument of appointment, but is eligible for reappointment at the expiration of his or her term of office.

Mental Health Review Board - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
E. Scott Burke, chairperson Queens Dec 24, 2017 Dec 24, 2020
David W. Hooley, Q.C., alternate chairperson Queens Dec 24, 2017 Dec 24, 2019
Thomas Keeler, alternate chairperson Queens Dec 24, 2017 Dec 24, 2019
Dr. Mark Triantafillou, psychiatrist Queens Aug 25, 2015 Dec 24, 2020
Dr. Robert Jay, alternate psychiatrist Queens Aug 25, 2015 Dec 24, 2019
Shelly Higgins, layperson Prince Dec 24, 2017 Dec 24, 2019

Juanita Gallant, alternate layperson

Queens Dec 24, 2017 Dec 24, 2020

How can I apply?            

If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI.  

Who can I contact?

Verna Ryan
Director of Mental Health and Addictions


Published date: 
January 4, 2018
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118

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