Alberta RCMP is focusing on supporting Albertans experiencing mental health crises by expanding their Regional Police and Crisis Teams (RPACT), a collaborative partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS).
RPACT provides a crisis response team that is able to intervene, assess, and work to stabilize individuals in the community.
An RPACT team is comprised of an RCMP officer and a mental health therapist from AHS who respond together to mental health calls in the community. They recognize the importance of providing appropriate and timely care and the combination of law enforcement resources with mental health expertise ensures that an appropriate response is delivered while still ensuring public safety.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association in any given year, one in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
In 2020 there were over 20,000 file in the Alberta RCMP jurisdiction related to the Mental Health Act. The Alberta RCMP have created a phased implementation plan that will have Regional Police and Crisis Teams available to all Alberta RCMP detachments over the coming three years.
Currently RPACT cover 14 RCMP detachments across Alberta. Through a coordinated response to mental health situations in the community, RPACT provides timely interventions and reduces the burden on the health care system.
Alberta RCMP say they are committed to providing mental health supports that will enhance public safety and community well being throughout the province.