Hy Bloom, LLB, MD, FRCP(C) is a forensic psychiatrist and lawyer who assesses individuals who have mental illnesses and outstanding criminal charges. He is a founding member of the PSILEX Group, Consultants in Behavioural Sciences and the Law, and CEO of Workplace.Calm, Inc., an outfit that specializes in assessing and managing mental health and behavioural issues in the workplace. He is also a part-time staff member in the Complex Mental Illness/Forensic Services Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and adjunct faculty at University of Toronto’s Law Faculty. Dr Bloom is both an alternate chairperson and psychiatric member of both the Ontario and Nunavut Review Boards. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980. He has published on a number of topics in psychiatry and the law.
He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books and manuals in the area of psychiatry and law, including, Defending Mentally Disordered Persons (Toronto: Carswell, 1995), A Practical Guide to Mental Health Capacity and Consent Law of Ontario (Toronto: Carswell, 1996), Mental Disorder and the Law: A Primer for Legal and Mental Health Practitioners (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2006; 2nd edition, September 2017), Mental Health Courts: Decriminalizing the Mentally Ill (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2007), Essential Writings in Violence Risk Assessment and Management (Toronto: CAMH, 2007) and Law and Mental Disorder: A Comprehensive and Practical Approach (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013).