M-19.2 - Act respecting the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux

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chapter M-19.2
Act respecting the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICESJune 20 1985June 20 1985
This Act was formerly entitled “An Act respecting the Ministère des Affaires sociales”. The title was replaced by section 11 of chapter 23 of the statutes of 1985.
1985, c. 23, s. 11.
1. The Minister of Health and Social Services, in this Act called “the Minister”, shall have charge of the direction and administration of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
He shall also have charge of the application of the Acts and regulations respecting health and social services.
1970, c. 42, s. 1; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1985, c. 23, s. 12; 1985, c. 23, s. 24.
2. The functions of the Minister shall be to prepare and propose to the Government policies respecting health and social services.
The Minister must see to the implementation of such policies and supervise the application and co-ordinate the carrying out thereof.
1970, c. 42, s. 2; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1981, c. 9, s. 9; 1985, c. 23, s. 13.
3. The Minister shall in particular:
(a)  assure the social protection of individuals, and families and other groups;
(b)  take the necessary steps to assure the protection of public health;
(c)  see to improving the state of health of individuals, and the standard of health of the population;
(d)  promote study and scientific research in the field of health and social services;
(e)  participate in the preparation and implementation of programs to clean up the physical environment of the population for whom such programs are intended;
(f)  promote the participation of individuals and groups in devising means to meet their needs in the field of health and social services;
(g)  consult individuals and groups on the establishment of policy in the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux;
(h)  promote the development and implementation of programs and services according to the needs of individuals, and families and other groups;
(i)  establish standards for services, equipment, finance and personnel in the use of government grants in the field of health and social services, and supervise the use of such grants;
(j)  secure the setting up and maintenance of establishments in the field of health and social services, either by himself or by another;
(k)  determine the possibilities for the adoption of children domiciled outside Québec, taking into account the objectives defined by the Minister of Relations with the Citizens and Immigration under the Act respecting the Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l’Immigration (chapter M-25.01) and the Act respecting immigration to Québec (chapter I-0.2);
(l)  obtain from the Government departments and any public or private body any available information for the purposes of implementing departmental policy;
(m)  take the necessary steps to reduce tobacco dependence in the population.
1970, c. 42, s. 3; 1977, c. 5, s. 14; 1982, c. 17, s. 59; 1985, c. 23, s. 14; 1985, c. 23, s. 24; 1994, c. 15, s. 31; 1996, c. 21, s. 53; 1998, c. 33, s. 67.
4. The Government shall appoint a Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, hereinafter called “the Deputy Minister”.
Under the direction of the Minister, the Deputy Minister shall supervise the officers and employees of the department; he shall administer its day to day business and exercise the other powers assigned to him by the Government.
1970, c. 42, s. 4; 1985, c. 23, s. 24.
5. The orders of the Deputy Minister shall be carried out in the same manner as those of the Minister; his authority shall be that of the incumbent minister of the department and his official signature shall give force and effect to any document within the jurisdiction of the department.
1970, c. 42, s. 5; 1978, c. 15, s. 140.
6. The other officers and employees necessary for the proper administration of the department shall be appointed and remunerated in accordance with the Public Service Act (chapter F-3.1.1).
1970, c. 42, s. 6; 1978, c. 15, s. 140; 1983, c. 55, s. 161.
7. The respective duties of the officers and employees of the department not expressly defined by law or by the Government shall be determined by the Minister.
1970, c. 42, s. 7.
8. No deed, document or writing shall bind the department or be attributed to the Minister unless it is signed by him, the Deputy Minister or an officer and only, in the case of the latter, to the extent determined by regulation of the Government published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.
The Government may, however, upon such conditions as it fixes, allow the required signature to be affixed by means of an automatic device to such documents as it determines.
The Government may also allow a facsimile of the required signature to be engraved, lithographed or printed on such documents as it determines; in such case, the facsimile shall have the same validity as the signature itself if the document is countersigned by a person authorized by the Minister.
1970, c. 42, s. 8.
9. Any copy of a document forming part of the records of the department, certified as true by the Minister, the Deputy Minister or an Assistant Deputy Minister, shall be authentic and have the same force as the original.
1970, c. 42, s. 9.
9.1. (Repealed).
1978, c. 72, s. 53; 1983, c. 38, s. 69.
9.2. The Government may authorize the Minister to delegate to an organization, by agreement, the exercise of functions assigned to the Minister by this Act or by another Act under the Minister’s administration.
1997, c. 94, s. 1.
10. The Minister may, according to law, enter into agreements with any government, one of its departments, with an international organization or with an agency of that government or organization for the purposes of
(1)  the application of this Act or another Act within the competence of the Minister;
(2)  allowing, on a basis of reciprocity,
(a)  any person not resident in Québec who stays in Québec temporarily to benefit, on the conditions determined therein, from all or part of the health services and social services provided for in the Acts the application of which is entrusted to him;
(b)  any person resident in Québec, who stays in a foreign country, to benefit, on the conditions determined therein, from health services and social services determined under the agreements.
The agreements may set out the terms and conditions applicable to the repayment of the costs of the health services and social services. The Government may adopt such regulations as it may consider necessary for the implementation of the agreements.
1970, c. 42, s. 10; 1974, c. 40, s. 23; 1980, c. 11, s. 65; 1985, c. 30, s. 146; 1988, c. 71, s. 1.
10.1. Notwithstanding any Act or regulation, the Minister may allow a person who is not a resident of Québec, within the meaning of an Act with the application of which he is entrusted, to benefit upon conditions determined by him from health services and social services under this Act.
1980, c. 11, s. 65; 1988, c. 71, s. 2.
10.2. The Minister may, by way of a ministerial order published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, designate the institutions, among those referred to in sections 6 and 9 of the Act respecting the protection of persons whose mental state presents a danger to themselves or to others (chapter P-38.001), that may receive persons detained under a penal law.
1997, c. 75, s. 45.
11. The Government may establish councils or committees, subject to the functions assigned to any council or committee established by another Act, entrusted with advising the Minister in matters of health services or social services and with exercising, under his authority, any other functions the Government may entrust them with in the execution of the Acts for the application of which the Minister may be responsible; the Government may appoint the members of such bodies, fix their attendance allowances and fees and their terms of office.
1974, c. 40, s. 24; 1981, c. 22, s. 34.
11.1. The Government may authorize the Minister to delegate to the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, established by the Act to promote the advancement of science and technology in Québec (chapter D-9.1), the powers granted to it in Division XII of the Health Insurance Act (chapter A-29) for the awarding of research scholarships.
1981, c. 22, s. 34; 1983, c. 23, s. 110.
12. The Minister shall, within the six months following the end of each fiscal year, lay before the National Assembly a report on the activities of his department for such year.
1970, c. 42, s. 11.
13. (This section ceased to have effect on 17 April 1987).
1982, c. 21, s. 1; U. K., 1982, c. 11, Sch. B, Part I, s. 33.
REPEAL SCHEDULE

In accordance with section 17 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R-3), chapter M-23 of the Revised Statutes, in force on 1 September 1985, is repealed effective from the coming into force of chapter M-19.2 of the Revised Statutes.