MHEART Program Wins Power of Collaboration Award

Since the MHEART program launched in September, it has made over 400 referrals to community services, and reduced the number of people being taken to the hospital by police to receive mental health support.

WOODSTOCK - The Mental Health Engagement and Response Team program, otherwise known as MHEART from CHMA Oxford has won the Power of Collaboration Award. 

The was presented to CMHA Oxford, Oxford OPP and Woodstock Police last week at the Victim Assistance Services of Oxford County's award ceremonies. The event is done every year to raise awareness during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. 

The award for MHEART was an additional award because of the program exemplifying collaboration. 

Interim Executive Director of CMHA Oxford Lynn Wardell says MHEART only exists because of the collaborative efforts between CMHA Oxford, Oxford County OPP, and Woodstock Police Services.

“We are thrilled with the success of the MHEART Program so far and the benefit it provides to our community. Working collaboratively with Oxford County OPP and Woodstock Police Services has been an amazing experience, our Mental Health and Addictions Clinicians love working directly with our policing partners. We also enjoy a close working relationship with Victim Assistance Services of Oxford County and truly appreciate their recognition of this collaborative program and look forward to continued work with them in the future.”

The MHEART program launched in September 2018 and pairs on-duty police officers with a Crisis and Outreach Clinician from CMHA Oxford to respond to police calls when mental health or addictions could be a factor. Since the launch in September 2018, the program has provided over 500 connections, made over 400 referrals to community services, and reduced the number of people being taken to the hospital by police to receive mental health support.

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