Car 40 a success in tackling mental health crises

By Chad Klassen
May 6, 2016 - 5:32pm Updated: May 9, 2016 - 10:29am

KAMLOOPS — It's mental health week across the country, bringing awareness to conditions that plague one in five Canadians.

In Kamloops a partnership between Interior Health and the RCMP is helping people dealing with mental-health challenges, and it's easing pressure on the system.

It's called the Car 40 program, and since October 2012 a mental-health nurse and a police officer have been working together to help those in crisis around the city.

Often times, that Police Officer is Constable Marie Gagnon.

"It's a really good partnership, because it's complementary, and we can really offer services and find that we can actually do something for somebody, not just put a little band-aid," said Gagnon

Gagnon says having a Mental Health Nurse on board means more people are being kept out of the Royal Inland Hospital emergency room when they don't actually need emergency attention.

Kamloops firefighters being trained to administer naloxone