Presentation to Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act
Last month, Dr. John Gray was invited to presented on behalf of the BC Schizophrenia Society to the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act....
As noted on the Vancouver Police Department website:
Car 87 teams a Vancouver Police constable with a registered nurse or a registered psychiatric nurse to provide on-site assessments and intervention for people living with mental illness. The nurse and the police officer work as a team in assessing, managing, and deciding about the most appropriate action, which may include referrals for community-based mental health follow-up or emergency intervention.
The Car 87 program is a partnership between the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Access & Assessment Centre’s Crisis Response Team (formerly Mental Health Emergency Services). The Car 87 program started on a trial basis in 1978 and was formalized in 1987.
In addition to Car 87, the Access & Assessment Centre operates a telephone crisis line where nurses assist callers in crisis, provide information pertaining to resources and triage situations to the appropriate resources: Car 87, ambulance or police as required.
Car 87 can be reached via the Access & Assessment Centre’s 24-hour crisis line at (604) 675-3700 or via 9-1-1.