Police-Hospital Transition project accepted to major health care conference

JULY 8, 2016

HealthAchieveCMHA Ontario will be presenting a workshop about a unique police-hospital transition partnership project at one of North America’s largest health care events this coming November. The workshop session at HealthAchieve 2016, Improving Police-Hospital Transitions: A Framework for Ontario, will be presented on Monday, Nov., 7 2016 beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Ontario Hospital Association’s HealthAchieve is an annual event for health care leaders from across Ontario and beyond. This conference offers a three-day program of events to over 6,000 professionals.

Through this CMHA Ontario facilitated session, participants will be provided with an overview of the police-hospital transition framework and toolkit that has been created by a task force of experts. This project has been a partnership initiative with the ministries of Health and Long-Term Care and Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. The purpose of the project has been to provide police services and hospitals with the tools necessary to establish effective police-hospital transition protocols for individuals that have been apprehended by police officers under the Mental Health Act and subsequently accompanied to a hospital emergency department for assessment and care.

Task force members that created the framework and toolkit consisted of hospital staff, police officers, paramedics, community agencies, patient advocates, and legal professionals, as well as the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. The panel of presenters will provide an overview of the new framework as well as evidence-informed tools and practices for developing and implementing an effective police-hospital transition protocol.

For more information and to register for 2016 HealthAchieve, please visit the event webpage.