The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has partnered with the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) and created the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT). This is a team where police and their respective health partners respond together to support individuals experiencing a mental health and/or addiction-related crisis where police are called to assist.

Over the last few years, these partnership collaborations have been evolving and enhanced to include mental health experts riding along with, or co-responding with police. MCRT has been active in the Russell County Detachment since 2021.

MCRTs provide persons in crisis, their families and caregivers with timely and appropriate crisis intervention that requires a police officer and a mental health professional to attend and support on scene. Support also continues after the call for service and referrals are made to applicable agencies in Prescott-Russell.

Service recipients of an MCRT include individuals presenting with symptoms of mental illness, substance abuse, behavioural disorders or people in acute crisis situations.

An MCRT leverages the partnership between an officer and a trained mental health crisis worker to de-escalate a situation and support individuals. By establishing connections with the appropriate resources and embedding the necessary supports, MCRT will strive to decrease repeat calls for service, decrease police apprehensions, decrease emergency department wait times, a reduction in the need to engage police, coordinate access to mental health services and improve community safety and well­being.

Mental Health services are available to those in Russell County through the Hawkesbury General Hospital. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line 1-866-996-0991 or 613-722-6914.