Release Date: May 2nd, 2019 - 7:38am
Originator: Inspector, Sue Biggs, Regional Community Mobilization Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext 4754
Contact: Inspector, Sue Biggs, Regional Community Mobilization Bureau, 905-825-4747 extension 4754
The Halton Regional Police Service and Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) have a long history of partnership and collaboration in responding to and supporting youth in Halton who experience mental health issues.
ROCK is a community based, multi-service organization that works to promote and achieve optimal mental health in children and youth from birth to 17 years of age and their families.
Members of the Halton Regional Police Service experience many mental health related interactions with youth. Police are often called to, or become aware of, youth who are experiencing a mental health crisis, or in need of mental services.
Currently, Police can facilitate mental health services through referrals to the Halton Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST). However, COAST services are not generally available to youth under the age of 16.
Together, the Halton Regional Police Service and ROCK have developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to be signed on May 7, 2019 during Children's Mental Health Week. This enhanced partnership will allow Halton Regional Police Service members to directly refer youth under 17 and their families to ROCK, with their consent, in an effort to provide improved mental health support.
Media is invited to attend the signing of this momentous initiative.
WHAT:SpeechesPhoto opportunityInterview opportunity
WHO:Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police Wilkie & DuraiappahRon Rodgers - CEO, ROCKLorri Interisano - VP of Operations, ROCKJoanna Matthews - VP of Strategic Development, ROCKRashaad Vahed - VP of Clinical Services, ROCKAretha Perkins - Senior Manager, Finance, ROCK
WHEN:Tuesday, May 7, 201911:00 a.m.
WHERE:Halton Regional Police Service Headquarters, Community Room2485 North Service Rd. W.Oakville, Ontario L6M 3H8