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Call-Diversion and Co-Location Initiative Launches in Calgary

Call-Diversion and Co-Location Initiative Launches in Calgary

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Call-Diversion and Co-Location Initiative Launches in Calgary

The Calgary Police Service, Calgary 911 and 211 have begun a five-month call- diversion and co-location initiative to ensure Calgarians are getting the most appropriate service response in their time of need.

As community partners and part of our overall commitment to our city, CPS, Calgary 911 and 211 have worked collaboratively to find a long-term solution to assist people in distress who are better served by mental health, addiction or social services, rather than a police response.

“Distress Centre has a long-standing partnership with Calgary Police and 911 and this co-location pilot is an exciting demonstration of the strengthening and transformation of that partnership to better serve Calgarians,” said Robyn Romano, Chief Executive Officer of Distress Centre Calgary. 211 Calgary is operated by Distress Centre. “When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, it can be an urgent and distressing situation but often does not require a 911 response. When someone contacts 211 they’ll speak to a live person who can connect them with the right resources and services for their issue.”

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In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, Distress Centre Calgary would like to honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.