Local Ontario Health teams want to divert mental health crisis calls away from hospitals – CBC

Chief of paramedic services says there are few options other than to take people to emergency department

Dec 06, 2023

Local Ontario Health Team workers want to divert mental health and addiction crisis calls away from hospital emergency departments and treat people at clinics instead.

The Cambridge-North Dumfries Ontario Health Team (CND OHT) and the Kitchener-Waterloo-Wilmot-Wellesley-Woolwich Ontario Health Team (KW4 OHT) are working together to open two alternative destination clinics.

The clinics that will provide access to crisis mental health and addiction supports and services for the community, including those experiencing homelessness, at an alternate destination outside of the emergency department.

John Riches, chief of paramedic services for the region, told regional councillors yesterday there are few options other than to take people to a hospital emergency department.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/local-ontario-health-teams-want-to-divert-mental-health-crisis-calls-away-from-hospitals-1.7050380

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