Ontario Investing in Mobile Crisis Response Teams

NEWS October 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.