New Mental Health and Addictions Services Announced
MLAs Shirley Bond and Mike Morris join Mayor Lyn Hall, Northern Health’s Aaron Bond and Michelle Quinn and RCMP Cst. Sonia Blum celebrate the Car 60 program-photo250News
Prince George, B.C. – Northern Health has introduced new programs across northern B.c. tgo assist those with severe mental health issues, or substance abuse.The programs will connect northerners with the serves they need, when and where they need them the most.
The most visible program is the Car 60 program, which has an RCMP officer and mental health nurse respond to those instances where the issue is not criminal in nature, but related to mental health or addictions. The program is helping to prevent those with mental health and substance issues steer away from jail and the emergency room.
Constable Sonia Blom says since the program started just a couple of months ago, they have already answered 140 calls.
Other programs announced today will see new intensive case management teams expanding from Prince George to Terrace and Ft. St. John. These are community based outpatient support teams who provide street and community outreach services to connect those with mental health or substance abuse issues with the proper care and support they need.
The third program will see a new psychiatric liaison nurse position added to hospitals in Prince George, Prince Rupert and Ft. St. John. This nurse will support physicians and staff in emergency departments assess the patient, and start determining the best supports for that patient be it community based programs or in-patient care.