Droits-Accès de l’Outaouais was born out of a mental health rights defence movement created by users near the end of the 1980s. It was subsequently recognized by the Quebec government before being taken over by each of its administrative regions.
Droits-Accès de l’Outaouais is an independent organization regrouping citizens freely engaged in actions focused on a more just and more democratic society, and on a more even distribution of wealth and sustainable development. In this regard, Droits-Accès stands in solidarity with the other forces in civil society that share common community values.
Droits-Accès de l’Outaouais recognizes that its rights advocacy mandate encourages the organization to offer – contrary to what would otherwise be provided by the state – innovative approaches built around and inspired by the individuals for whom they are intended.