The Police and Crisis Team (PACT) is a partnership between the Regina Police Service and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. PACT intervention is aimed to help create a better outcome for individuals and families struggling with mental illness. A Regina Police Service officer is paired with a Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Registered Social Worker to attend and diffuse crisis situations. PACT services include:
- Response to situations requiring immediate attention
- Providing consultation to patrol members and offer immediate support and connection to services
- When necessary and appropriate, the team may assist and attend to an emergency room for people in crisis.
The emphasis is on stabilizing the situation in the community whenever possible.
Working together, police and health workers provide information and assist in accessing community services and resources. Members of the team assist the public understanding the mental health system by offering advice on many things including:
- -How to obtain a mental health warrant (a process used in order to have a mentally ill person taken for a mental health assessment in cases where the person is unwilling to voluntarily attend).
- -How to obtain a Youth Detoxification Warrant (used for youth experiencing substance abuse issues).
- -Assist in understanding the mental health system.
The mandate of PACT is to:
- Connect individuals and match them to services within the health region instead of the criminal justice system
- Strengthen relationships with community members and partners
- Prevent repeat calls for service by providing immediate support and connection to services
- Provide short term follow-up to individuals experiencing a crisis
- Enhancing education of front line officers on mental illness and related assessment skills
- Enhancing collaboration, consultation/coordination with community agencies
What is a Crisis Situation?
The PACT team considers the following situations as forms of mental health crisis:
- Depression and/or thoughts of self-harm
- Severe anxiety/panic
- Mania/Acute Psychosis
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Other psychiatric conditions
- Severe addictions, increasing risk of harm to self or others
Positive Mental Health:
Positive mental health helps us enjoy life and cope with the normal stressors of life. It involves our emotional, social, physical and spiritual well-being. When our level of positive mental health is high we are thriving – developing our potential, building strong and positive relationships, and learning.
with family, friends, neighbours, others;
exercise (walk, run, cycle, dance, etc.);
Rest & Relaxation
get enough rest and take the time to relax;
balanced amounts of nutritious food;
of your surroundings and your inner self;
try something new or rediscover an old interest;
do something nice for someone, volunteer, provide and accept support.
If you or a family member are experiencing a mental health crisis that is immediate call 9-1-1.
PACT Contact Information:
If your call is urgent and assistance is required immediately call 911.
If PACT is unavailable and this is a police matter that is not urgent, please call the Regina Police Service Communication Center at 306-777-6500 and they can redirect your call.