Ontario Investing in Mobile Crisis Response Teams

Funding will help police in Peterborough County support people experiencing a mental health crisis

NEWSOctober 10, 2023

Peterborough — The Ontario government is providing $60,401.08 to help Peterborough County OPP to provide specialized support to people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The funding is being delivered through the Mobile Crisis Response Team Enhancement Grant program and enables police to utilize trained crisis workers when responding to those in need.

In 2023-24, the Ontario government is allocating more than $4.5 million to 39 municipal and First Nations police services, as well as Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), to help strengthen Mobile Crisis Response Teams across the province.

“We’re supporting our police services by providing them with the resources they need to assist vulnerable people in crisis situations,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “Mobile Crisis Response Teams are best positioned to respond to people experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis and are an important part of how police in collaboration with this government are working hard to keep Ontarians safe.”

“Our police are increasingly confronted with the need to assist vulnerable people in a mental health crisis,” said Dave Smith Member of Provincial Parliament. “This funding will assist the Peterborough County OPP deliver appropriate services focused on de-escalation. Meeting the unique needs of an individual who is in crisis will help ensure a better outcome for everyone involved.” MPP Smith added.

“Police are called upon to respond to thousands of mental health calls a year,” said Thomas Carrique, OPP Commissioner. “The integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams approach, with officers and crisis workers attending calls together, supports de-escalation at the time of crisis and connects individuals with the right community resources, at the right time, to better meet their needs and reduce future police interactions.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with the Peterborough County OPP in delivering a new Mobile Crisis Response Team, that meets the unique needs of the communities,” said Mark Graham CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge. “We will be working with community partners to deliver a MCRT that will meet the unique needs of the communities. The team responds to calls from individuals experiencing a mental health crisis that will provide immediate support and follow-up.” Mark Graham added.


  • Mobile Crisis Response Teams consist of police officers and crisis workers working together to respond to complex situations where mental health or addictions may be a factor. Supported by the police, crisis workers can assess if an individual should be sent to an emergency department for treatment and/or provide referrals to community programs that support mental and physical well-being.


MEDIA CONTACTS   Action Centre MPP Dave Smith 705-742-3777 Dave.smith@pc.ola.org