In BC, one in five interactions with police involve someone with a mental health disorder. Due to laws and gaps within our mental health care system, police are the default frontline responders to crisis events. CMHA BC is working with communities to change this and introduce a new approach that replaces police with mental health workers: Peer Assisted Care Teams (PACT).
We need financial support to do the policy and consultation work, create the model, hire teams, train them, and turn the lights on. With your support, we can strengthen and improve crisis care, free up police to focus on their core duties, reduce stigma, keep people out of hospital ERs and the criminal justice system, and help people access the services they need and navigate the system. Your donation can be put towards helping us pilot a PACT program on the North Shore or towards helping our policy department build awareness, increase understanding, change laws and start up these crisis response models across BC.
You can choose to direct your donation towards:
- North Shore pilot project: implementation and operation of PACT in North and West Vancouver
- PACT policy and development: policy and practice change for crisis response models across BC