Saskatchewan. Office of the Commissioner of Mental Services

Identity area

Type of entity

Secondary Agency

Authorized form of name

Saskatchewan. Office of the Commissioner of Mental Services

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Office of the Commissioner of Mental Services
  • Commissioner of Mental Services

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1930-1947

History

In 1929, the Government of Saskatchewan appointed a special commission to study the province's psychiatric services and make recommendations for improvements. In December, 1930 the government acted on the commission's recommendations by establishing the Office of the Commissioner of Mental Services to oversee all psychiatric services in Saskatchewan. The first commissioner appointed was Dr. J.W. MacNeill, who held the position until 1945. Subsequent commissioners included Dr. R.O. Davison (1945-1946) and Dr. D.G. McKerracher (1946-1947).

The Commissioner of Mental Services advised the Minister of Public Health on mental health issues and oversaw the psychiatric hospitals at North Battleford and Weyburn; the Saskatchewan Training School in Weyburn and the psychiatric ward at the Regina General Hospital. The Commissioner frequently lectured on mental health issues and advocated developments in psychiatric programs and services.

In 1945, amendments to the Mental Hygiene Act transferred greater authority regarding the admission and removal of patients in institutions from the Deputy Minister of Public Health to the Commissioner of Mental Services. In 1947, the office was reorganized into the Division of Mental Services in the Department of Public Health.

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The primary function of the Office of the Commissioner of Mental Services was overseeing all psychiatric services in Saskatchewan.

Mandates/sources of authority

Order-in-Council 1881/30

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Division of Mental Services (1947-1950)

Identifier of related entity

GA 67

Category of relationship

temporal

Dates of relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Division of Mental Services is the successor of Saskatchewan. Office of the Commissioner of Mental Services

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Public Health (1923-1974)

Identifier of related entity

GA 53

Category of relationship

hierarchical

Type of relationship

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Public Health

controls

Saskatchewan. Office of the Commissioner of Mental Services

Dates of relationship

1930-1947

Description of relationship

Access points area

Subject access points

Place access points

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

GA 66

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Rules for Archival Description (RAD)

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Authority record created on 2008-10-28. Approved 2012-03-06. Last modified on 2017-11-29.

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Department of Public Health Annual Reports
Order-in-Council 1881/30
SAB Pamphlet File - Mental Hygiene
AMICUS Authorities - no entry found

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