Government of New Brunswick

Vacancy for appointment

Mental Health Review Board – North (zones 4, 5 and 6) and South (zones 1, 2, 3 and 7)

Alternate chairs and alternate members


The Mental Health Review Boards are established and obtain their mandate and authority under the Mental Health Act. Their mandate is to review the following:

  • applications for a first, second, third or subsequent Certificate of Detention;
  • the status of involuntary patients, including determining their ability to manage their estate;
  • treatment modalities;
  • transfers to other jurisdictions;
  • confirm or reject the establishment of supervised community care orders (SCC), conduct SCC reviews as may be requested as well as hold yearly reviews of SCC orders as legislated.

Review Boards are established for seven health zones and grouped into two main categories: North includes zones 4, 5, and 6 and South includes zones 1, 2, 3, and 7, with primary chairpersons assigned to each category. A review board shall consist of:

  • one member who is a member of the Law Society of New Brunswick and entitled to practise law in the Province who shall act as chair of the review board;
  • one member who is a psychiatrist or, if a psychiatrist is not available, a physician; and
  • one member who is not a lawyer, psychiatrist, or physician.

The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may appoint alternate members for each Review Board

Review Board members hold office for a term not exceeding five (5) years and are eligible for reappointment.

Current positions to be filled:

The provincial government is currently seeking interested individuals for consideration for a number of alternate chairs and alternate members who are not a member of the Law Society of NB, a psychiatrist or a physician, for Mental Health Review Board – North and South.  Expressions of interest are invited to fill these positions but may also be used to fill future vacancies.

Qualifications / Commitment:

Candidates for the position of alternative chairs must be:

  • a practicing member of the Law Society of New Brunswick for not less than three (3) years;
  • entitled to practice law in New Brunswick; and
  • fluent in both official languages.

All candidates should also possess the following:

  • knowledge of mental health issues, as well as of the New Brunswick mental health system;
  • good communication, leadership, negotiation and problem solving skills; and
  • availability on short notice / flexibility / initiative / interpersonal skills.

The composition of the Board’s gender and linguistic representation, as well as the cultural and geographic diversity of the province is a consideration for appointment.  

Conditions / Compensation:

  • Review Board Chairs and alternate chairs receive remuneration of $250.00 for each hearing and $125 for each hour of travel time to attend a hearing. A chair could be required to devote at least the equivalent of two days per month to board duties as necessary.
  • Members and alternate members receive a per diem of $80 for attending a hearing.

Additionally, all members are remunerated for travel expenses in accordance with the Government of New Brunswick Travel Directive AD 2801.


Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail, regular mail or fax, with details of education; volunteer, board/committee, and work experience; and contact information (telephone number, civic address and e-mail address), or complete the online application form.

While we appreciate the interest of those who submit an expression of interest, only those candidates selected for consideration will be contacted. Inquiries relating to specific opportunities can be made after the deadline passes and should be directed to the responsible department.


Edward Kinley, Senior Policy Advisor
Department of Health
PO Box 5100
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5G8   

Fax: (506) 444-5236

Deadline for Submission :


Type of Appointment :

Appointment by Lieutenant-Governor in Council

Term :

A term not exceeding five (5) years and are eligible for reappointment.

Associated / Responsible Department :

E-mail address for submissions :

[email protected]

Link(s) :

Mental Health Act

Note: Please ensure you have attached necessary documents in Word or PDF format. Links to cloud-based documents (Skydrive, Google Docs, etc.) or other download areas (FTP sites) cannot be accepted due to current Government of New Brunswick security policies.