The VPD uses innovative strategies to better serve people living with mental illness. A collaborative approach with other service providers in the community is essential in building trust and creating positive outcomes with some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
For more than 40 years, the VPD has partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health to help improve the quality of life for mutual clients living with mental illness, substance use and addiction. By providing a coordinated response, harm to clients and the community is reduced, as is a client’s involvement with the criminal justice system, law enforcement and emergency health services.
The Vancouver Police Department’s Mental Health Strategy outlines a comprehensive approach for a proportional police response to persons living with mental illness.