Mobile crisis response team expands

Niagara Regional Police along with the Niagara division of the Canadian Mental Health Association are expanding the services of their Mobile Crisis Response Team.

Starting today, the team will begin working 12 hour shifts from noon to midnight daily in St. Catharines and Thorold.

With the help of funding by our local LHIN, CMHA will be able to hire an additional full time mobile crisis worker.

The program provides a mental health worker who rides along with an officer and assists with calls involving people with mental health issues.

In it's first nine months the response team has helped 417 people.

George Kurzawa, Executive Director of CMHA Niagara. says"Any time we can assist first responders by de-escalating a potentially harmful situation and getting people the most appropriate care, it makes our community a better place."