Ottawa Now – ‘The issue is appropriately responding to a crisis’: Psychiatrist says proper responses should be the focus, not de-funding the police


There has been a lot of conversation about taking money out of police budgets and reinvesting it into other departments. Canada's largest psychiatric facility says it would support mental health professionals responding to crisis calls instead of police. Dr. Raj Bhatla, a Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, believes that mental health professionals can be used instead of police in many situations. He joins Kristy Cameron on Ottawa Now.​