Mental health teams working with Brockville police

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – Addiction and mental health workers will be riding shotgun with Brockville police officers under a new program to help those with mental illness or addictions.

It started last week between the Brockville Police Service and Lanark Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health (LLGAMH).

As part of the program, a transitional worker will accompany a police officer when visiting people, who need addiction and mental health treatment but find themselves in contact with police regularly.

It’s meant to better serve clients while maintaining and enhancing public safety and having clients in a more comfortable environment – their home.

LLGAMH and the police are hoping this will diffuse the cycle or “revolving door” of having clients end up in the hospital or in a courtroom.

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