Date & Time
Friday, June 10, 2022, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team-Hamilton Region: A Collaborative Approach towards Learning, Unlearning, and Transforming in Varying Times

Social inequalities continue to surge, its impacts are becoming more visible to external social systems such as the police. As our healthcare system becomes increasingly strained, communities such as Hamilton, Ontario, are endeavoring to collaboratively identify and deliver health-focused support and intervention in the crisis work context. Pairing Mental Health Workers with Uniformed Police Officers allows specialists to determine the wellbeing, safety, and necessities, then canvas and explore community partnerships and services through emergent and non-emergent channels. The goal is to create an opportunity to prevent harm to self, others, and mitigate or address vulnerabilities that can cause permanent impairment or mortality. Working through the lens of varying structural positions is not an easy feat. Through this presentation, we will explore the past, present, and future facets that have propelled the progression of MCRRT across national and international borders. We will speak about what we hope to achieve, increasing knowledge mobilization, reach, and response in diverse communities. We will discuss strengths, and weaknesses within the MCRRT approach, some regional successes and barriers, why and how it is relevant to Social Work, and, my personal favorite, how we can enhance thinking outside the box. Our closing reflections will focus on acknowledging that we as a profession will naturally learn and unlearn through our diverse encounters. No one profession is flawless. Joining forces using creative methods is necessary to keep us forward-thinking. We ask that all participants come to the table willing to objectively contemplate how social systems equated as incompatible can learn to change and diversify with the changing needs of society through shared knowledge and commitment.

Keeley Powell Sergeant Peter Wiesner
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