Launch of Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT)

Posted On Friday February 21, 2020

Region of Peel On Friday, February 21, 2020, Peel Regional Police hosted the official launch of the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Peel Dufferin.

The Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) responds to calls for service where mental health concerns and/or crises are identified. This the launch of this initiative is due to the rise in mental health-related occurrences over the past several years.

In 2015, Peel Regional Police had 4,488 people apprehended under the Mental Health Act, and the numbers climbed significantly, to 5,796 in 2019. It is estimated that in 2017 Peel Regional Police spent $1,794,000 in police salaries waiting in emergency rooms with apprehended individuals.

With the birth of the MCRRT teams, we hope to divert patients from emergency rooms to ensure that they receive the most appropriate services they need, at that particular time. The MCRRT officers who will be teamed up with a Mental Health professionals will have the knowledge, training or skills to properly assess each situation that they encounter.

Kiki Ferrari, Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, William Osler Health System said “As home to one of the largest Mental Health and Addictions Programs and one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the province, Osler is pleased about this new partnership between Peel Regional Police and Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin. Over the years, we have continued to see an increase in the number of mental health patients visiting our Emergency Departments, and we support the work of the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team in helping patients connect to and receive mental health services in the setting that best meets their needs.”

Chief Duriappah wholeheartedly agreed saying “The care and wellbeing of all citizens in the region of Peel is our number one priority, the inception of the MCRRT teams ensures that the patients, family and friends can have a better piece of mind that their loved ones will be cared for in a timely and professional manner”.

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