Police, mental health professionals now teaming up to respond to crisis calls in Sudbury
Starting June 14, when police officers are called out to a mental health-related crisis, they will be accompanied by a mental health professional in an effort to “help people in the right place at the right time,” said the program’s lead.
Russell Landry said across Ontario, police services are seeing an increase in calls for mental health crises.
Landry is the Northeastern Ontario lead for Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Teams (MCRRT). In Sudbury, the MCRRT has been developed in collaboration with Health Sciences North, Greater Sudbury Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.
A MCRRT provides on-site assessments conducted by mental health and addictions professionals providing referrals and recommendations to community services, allowing for appropriate diversion from the emergency department.
Greater Sudbury Police responded to three calls for a person in distress on the Bridge of Nations between March 13 and April 29 alone.
On March 19, a 53-year-old woman fell from the Bridge of Nations and died as a result.
Days later, on March 21, police were called to the Bridge of Nations once again in response to a …
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