CORNWALL – A new program was formally launched in Cornwall, August 17, to provide short-term and safe accommodations for people in mental health or substance use crisis.
The Short-Term Crisis Safe Bed program, provides six beds for people 16-years or older who are in need of a safe space short-term, while being subject to a police inquiry.
Operated by the Cornwall Community Hospital’s Community Addictions and Mental Health Services, the program is a partnership with Riverview Manor, Cornwall Police Service, Akwesasne Mohawk Police and the Ontario Provincial Police SD&G and Prescott-Russell detachments.
The supervised program has on-site 24/7 support services and offers an alternative to being admitted to hospital or police detention during a mental health or substance use crisis.
“Our government is working with Cornwall and communities across Ontario to support critical mental health and additions, and integrated social services,” said Ontario Health Minister and Deputy Premier Sylvia Jones, who was on-site for the formal launch. Open since April, it has already seen 30 clients use the facility according to the CCH.
The move to provide more support for mental health and substance use crisis has accelerated in the region since 2018. The CPS and SD&G OPP each have mental health crisis nurse programs now to help redirect people with mental health crisis from hospital admission or arrest.
“The impacts of mental health and additions challenges can be felt in every community and we are working with our partners in health care and across sectors to ensure Ontarians continue to receive life-saving treatment when they need it,” Jones said.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader