Friday, January 31, 2014
Mounties often called upon to assess and detain people under the Mental Health Act
A man with mental health issues struggles with police as he is taken to into CGH Friday.
olice were called out to a home near Vedder Rd. and Keith Wilson at around 8:30 a.m. Friday, after a woman called to report her husband was threatening to harm himself.
It was established that the man, who was known to police, was under mental
duress, and after some precautions he was apprehended under the Mental
Health Act (MHA) and taken to Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH).
In Chilliwack, police are often called upon to deal with people and make
arrests under the MHA. In most cases they're taken to the hospital. Last
year, we heard police tell a packed City Council chamber that people with
mental health issues have no place in their cells.
It appears more could be done in the community in terms of providing
specialized people who can be dispatched when a situation crops up. The
Voice has brought up the issue in the past about Chilliwack having a
unit similar to the Strathcona Mental Health Team consisting of a doctor and
two attendants who assess the person on the spot in their home or wherever
they may be.
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