New Funding nets Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team and Social Navigator Program a dedicated crisis bed at Good Shepherd’s Barrett Centre for Crisis Support

11/21/16

New Funding nets Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team and Social Navigator Program a dedicated crisis bed at Good Shepherd’s Barrett Centre for Crisis Support

A crisis bed at Good Shepherd’s Barrett Centre for Crisis Support has been dedicated for use by the Hamilton Police Service’s Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) and Social Navigator Program.

Funding was provided through a $98,648 Proceeds of Crime Front-line Policing grant from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.The Service’s MCRRT, in partnership with St. Joseph’s Healthcare provides direct, rapid support of persons in crisis by pairing a uniformed officer with a mental health professional to respond to 911 in-progress calls for individuals in crisis. Individuals in crisis are receiving an immediate frontline response and the care they need on scene in partnership with the Mental Health Professional.

The mandate of the SNP is to connect and support individuals through a referral process, by engaging all social and healthcare agencies in the City of Hamilton. The goal is to reduce reliance on the judicial and healthcare systems by navigating clients toward the appropriate agency while improving the health, safety and quality of life for all citizens.

The dedicated crisis bed at Barrett Centre will assist with responding to urgent cases and provide assessment and support to individuals who come in contact with police, but may not require hospital care. It is expected to serve between 50 and 70 individuals over the one-year pilot program.

“The Hamilton Police Service has been a great partner to Good Shepherd. We have often relied on them to provide immediate attention to our crisis line users who are at risk, by bringing them to a safe place for care,” said Peter Kibor, director of Barrett Centre. “This partnership will go a long way in enhancing our capacity to support Hamiltonians in need.”

Barrett Centre provides assessment, intervention and support to people experiencing mental health crises through telephone and in-person support as well as short-term bed stays. Compassionate staff are available 24 hours a day to assist individuals and develop solutions to their crises through immediate care and referrals for ongoing support.

“Hamilton Police continue to look for better ways to serve the community through a collaborative effort and the addition of a dedicated crisis bed for the Mobile Rapid Response Team and the Social Navigator Program is going to enhance our ability to connect persons in crisis to appropriate supports,” said A/Sgt. Steve Holmes, Crisis Response Co-ordinator. “The collaborative effort and integration of services across systems will help reduce barriers, allowing persons in crisis to easily access the right supports at the right time”.

Media Inquiries:
A/Sergeant Steve Holmes,
Crisis Response Co-ordinator
905-546-2023

Peter Kibor, Director
Barrett Centre for Crisis Support
905-529-4343 ext. 2254