Program that pairs nurses with RCMP on mental health calls making an impact in Fort McMurray – CBC

PACT has expanded since it was introduced in 2022, nurses now fully funded

Jun 20, 2024

A program in Fort McMurray that pairs police officers with nurses to help people experiencing mental health crises has expanded after seeing early success.

The Police and Crisis Team (PACT) program, a partnership between RCMP and Alberta Health Services, was started in 2022.

It began with one mental health nurse and funding for one year. Now there are two nurses, and their positions have permanent funding.

Const. Jeremy Archambault has been with PACT for more than a year.

“We do only one thing. We respond to calls that are related to mental health,” Archambault said in an interview.

“We really have time to respond to these specific calls and go and de-escalate situations and have these meaningful conversations with people.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/fort-mcmurray-pact-rcmp-ahs-mental-health-1.7237371

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