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Police-Hospital Protocol Almost a Reality

For the past three years, Chief John Pare and Superintendent Bill Chantler of the London PS have led our association’s efforts to have the Government of Ontario endorse the Improving Police-Hospital Transitions: A Framework for Ontario as well as the supporting toolkit, Tools for Developing Police-Hospital Transition Protocols in Ontario.  The purpose of the framework is to assist police services and hospitals with developing joint emergency department transition protocols, which are responsive to unique local needs, in order to ensure the seamless transfer of care for persons in a mental health or addictions crisis brought to a hospital by police officers. The key objectives of the framework are to:

  • Improve health outcomes for individuals apprehended by police under the Mental Health Act;
  • Improve transition of clients between police officers and hospital workers; and
  • Improve coordination and collaboration among partners involved in the transition.

This was a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, and the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, with support from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Hospital Association.  The Framework is scheduled to be officially unveiled on June 3, 2019. The release will be part of an education forum on the protocol to take place at St. Michael's Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 209 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON. Click here to register for this event.

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