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in HS106 (155 College) from 12:30 to 2:00 on Friday, September 15th.
  • September 15, 2023 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Public Health Policy Rounds 2023-2024
A Crisis of Neglect: Thinking about People with Severe Mental Disorders

Speaker: Dr. David Gratzer
Associate Professor of the University of Toronto
Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

These Public Health Policy Rounds Are Open to All!

Violence on the TTC. Syringes in back alleys. Homeless sleeping in our subway stations. Toronto – like other cities across Canada – struggles. How did we get here? What’s to be done? It’s not surprising that some are calling for more police or a rebalancing of patient rights.

The speaker will argue that decades of bad public policy coupled with an explosion of substance use have combined to make a failure – not a crisis of violence (which remains rare, thankfully) but one of neglect, leaving our most vulnerable on the streets and warehoused in public transit stations.