New framework to respond to mental health calls in Grey Bruce

Dana Howes, Hanover Hospital President and CEO

A new framework will help first responders and health care professionals in Grey and Bruce Counties respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis in the community.

The co-chair of the Partnership Committee, Hanover Hospital CEO Dana Howes, says they aim for the best outcomes for people apprehended by police under the Mental health Act.

“While respecting their rights, including their right to privacy. And really improve the transition between police officers and hospital workers, and thereby, improving co-ordination and collaboration amongst the partners involved in the transition,” she explained.

“I am confident that this consistent, cohesive approach to forging a multifaceted partnership will result in improved communication, health and safety for members of our local community,” Inspector Krista Miller, Detachment Commander, South Bruce OPP and Co-Chair of Grey Bruce Police/Hospital/Stakeholder Partnership Committee.

There have been very positive reactions and hope for the success of this new partnership, and its ability to help some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

It is the product of a collaborative effort by Grey Bruce Police/Hospital/Stakeholder Partnership Committee involving the following partners:

  • Bruce County Paramedic Services
  • Grey Bruce Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Grey Bruce Health Services
  • Grey County Paramedic Services
  • Grey Bruce OPP
  • Hanover and District Hospital
  • Hanover Police Services
  • Owen Sound Police Services
  • Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation Police
  • Saugeen Shores Police
  • South Bruce Grey Health Centre
  • South Bruce OPP
  • West Grey Police Services

First responders and health care professionals are receiving the same training on responding to people experiencing a mental health crisis in the community.

The system of transition protocols is tailored to organizational resources and community needs.