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A literature review by Nasra Hussein along with a range of presentations on practices provides a downstream view to developing a community and neighbourhood approach to mental health crisis’ in Ottawa.

Cosponsored by:  Social Planning Council of Ottawa, Minwaashin Lodge, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition and Ottawa Community Partnership for Health Equity.

Reimagining Crisis Intervention: A Review of the Literature on Best Practices in Community-Based Crisis Intervention

Evidence shows that investment in community-based crisis intervention programs involving interagency collaboration between service providers can foster collective impact in reducing the exposure of PMIs to the criminal justice system. A community-based approach effectively supports PMIs with diversion, treatment, and recovery while connecting them to community resources such as health care, stable and affordable housing, mentoring, conflict resolution, trauma-informed care, and employment services. Such initiatives are structured to address the root causes of mental illness by providing a supportive environment to help people overcome their challenges and tackle their socio-economic and health issues.

This report provides information on:

  1. the impacts of the social determinants of health on mental health crisis intervention,
  2. barriers to effective crisis intervention based on the current system,
  3. facilitators for effective crisis intervention that support persons with mental illness, especially those who are racialized and disproportionately affected by traditional policing, and
  4. existing non-police and community-based crisis intervention models. …

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Speaker Series: Responding to Mental Health Crises: Learning from Models in Ottawa and Beyond

…In Ottawa, Canada and the U.S., there have been many successful models for responding to mental health crises. We invite you to this speaker series to learn what is currently being done in response to mental health crisis situations.

Each event in the series will feature one approach to a mental health crisis response, with a presentation highlighting how and why it was developed, how it works and the lessons learned. A Q&A will follow the presentation. …

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