OPP Sends Out Reminder That The Youth Crisis Response Team Is Here To Help

Thursday January 7th, 2021

Posted at 7:27pm


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Essex County Ontario Provincial Police want you to know that their Youth Crisis Response Team is here to help.

The Youth Crisis Response Team is a community-based program of Regional Children’s Centre and the Ontario Provincial Police.  It is  comprised of a Mental Health Crisis Worker/Clinician and specially trained, uniformed police officer who respond to 911 calls for youth under the age 18 who may be experiencing a mental health and/or addiction crisis.

This team also accepts referrals from the community for non-urgent youth under the age of 18 who resident in Essex County.

They conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment and linkages are initiated to appropriate community resources and supports.

If you know of someone who could benefit from an assessment/intervention, you can call 519-728-2772 or email [email protected]
Referrals can be anonymous. YCRT will prioritize and respond to referrals as quickly as possible.

When to contact the Youth Crisis Response Team:

  • When a youth has a chronic and persistent mental illness and has frequent contacts with police and/or the emergency room
  • When there is a risk for arrest because of bizarre or inappropriate behavior related to mental illness
  • When a youth’s mental health is deteriorating and intervention is required to prevent hospitalization
  • When a youth is reluctant or unable to access mental health services
  • When a youth has lost contact with their mental health support system


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