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Toronto mobile crisis intervention team program evaluation final report (2014)

Law enforcement agencies frequently receive and respond to calls about crises of emotionally disturbed persons (EDPs) in the community. However, police face an increasing number of difficulties in responding to crisis calls due to challenges such as a perceived lack of training and referral expertise. The MCIT Program was put in place in Toronto to address some of these challenges.

Piloted in 2013, the co-response model incorporates nurses with mental health training as part of specially trained police response teams. As the program is set to expand in Toronto, researchers at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health evaluated the implementation of the program. The evaluation report provides valuable insights into stakeholder perceptions of the processes involved in implementing the program and of resulting program procedures.

EENet’s Tatyana Krimus developed a Research Report Round-up of the evaluation report. Research Report Round-ups are brief summaries of research reports, presented in a user-friendly format.

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Categories: Addiction / Substance Use Problem , Mental Health , Policing / Criminal Justice System , Treatment, Supports, and Services