VPD releases comprehensive strategy for police involvement in mental-health care
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has issued a new policy document that outlines how it responds to people who experience a crisis related to a mental illness.
The document does not include anything substantively new. There are no funding announcements, for example, and no new rules for how officers are to engage a person who is experiencing a mental-health crisis. That said, several of the programs discussed in the 41-page report were introduced and expanded over the past five years. And the document does a good job of putting everything down in one place to constitute a comprehensive strategy.
The strategy was developed in consultation with Vancouver Coastal Health (which operates Vancouver General Hospital), St. Paul’s Hospital, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the City of Vancouver, and people who have experienced a mental illness (lived experience, in the language of policy documents).
Travis Lupick reports
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner