The Police Records Check Coalition (PRCC) is raising awareness. Now is the time to end the discriminatory and stigmatizing practice of requesting, releasing and making decisions based on non-conviction information, in particular mental health and addictions-related information.

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My Health is Always My Business

Police respond to medical emergencies all the time. If you've been the victim of a crime or suffered an accident, you know that police will protect your personal health information. But if you call emergency services because of a mental health need, the same rules don't apply. Police may decide to release your health information when you apply for a job, volunteer position, or even school placement.

Background Checks should Not Discriminate

The exceptional discretion by police to disclose information results in discrimination against persons with mental illness. Their police record can follow them for decades. We shouldn't penalize people who reach out for crisis help. Emergency services should be available to all without fear of life-long consequences and stigmatization.

Police Records Check Coalition

The Police Records Check Coalition (PRCC) is raising awareness. Now is the time to halt the disclosure of non-criminal mental health information in police background checks. By constructively engaging directly with police, civilian boards, government, public complaint systems, and individuals, the PRCC aims to achieve a legislative prohibition on the disclosure of mental health information.

ACTION ALERT: Let the Ontario government know you are concerned about police record checks

Hello!

ACTION ALERT DUE FEB 21: Support the end to disclosure of non-conviction information on police record checks

Dear PRCC members and supporters,

December 11, 2013 - STATEMENT: Requesting, releasing and making decisions based on non-conviction information is discriminatory and stigmatizing

TORONTO - Recently, two Canadians were stopped at the U.S. border because of their mental health records – in one case clinical depression and a hospitalization in 2012, and in the other bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt made 20 years ago. There are more than a dozen cases like those of Ellen Richardson and Amanda Box, which have been recorded by the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office and likely many more that have gone unreported...

To read the full Statement see the attached PDF.

PRCC Presents at the 2013 Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Conference

The Co-Chairs of the Police Record Check Coalition gave a presentation at the recent Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee 2013 Conference, "The Changing World from Youth to Elderly in Human Services & Justice”.

PRCC Meeting May 16, 2012

The Police Record Check Coalition will be meeting May 16, 2012 at the offices of the CMHA Ontario, 180 Dundas St. W., 23rd floor, at 2:30PM.

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Public Speakers

The Police Record Check Coalition regularly engages in stakeholder consultation, public education, and information sessions on all issues related to police background checks, mental health records, and your rights under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Police Services Act, and the new OACP Guideline on Police Record Checks.

Please send us an email if you would like us to speak to your organization.