Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (Hamilton) Webinar


June 26, 2015



This presentation will focus on the development and outcomes of a new first responder model that pairs police officers and mental health crisis workers for 911 response in Hamilton, ON. A description of how the MCRRT evolved from a strong historical partnership between Hamilton Police Services (HPS) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton (SJHH) Crisis Outreach and Response Team (COAST), into an innovative next step beyond the traditional crisis response model, will be provided. The presentation will cover logistics on how the team was developed and lessons learned since first implementing MCRRT in November 2013. Key outcomes, such as a 50% reduction in the number of individuals brought into the emergency department, and next steps for the program will be reviewed. There will be opportunity at the end of the presentation for questions and discussion.



Jodi Younger, MSc, CPRP, is the Clinical Director of General Psychiatry & Addiction services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton (SJHH), a leading academic, multi-site acute care hospital that provides ambulatory, acute and mental health care to individuals in south central Ontario, Canada. Jodi has both a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology and in Health Administration and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor (part-time) with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.


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Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee