Psychiatric Crisis Services in Three Communities Academic Article uri icon

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  • This study compared communities with three models of crisis service: (a) police as part of a specialized mental health team, (b) mental health worker as part of a specialized police team, and (c) informal relationship between police and mental health crisis service. Rural and urban areas were examined and compared. Data included focus groups and participant observation. Analysis revealed that while all communities valued their crisis services, all identified limitations in responsiveness, access, and systems-related issues. Quick access to psychiatric beds was important to services. Rural communities had no public transportation, and an important police role was safe transportation. In rural communities, mental health workers were generalists because they had to be able to address situations on their own. In urban areas, transportation was more readily available, and more specialization developed among mental health team members.


  • Forchuk, Cheryl
  • Jensen, Elsabeth
  • Martin, Mary-lou
  • Csiernik, Rick
  • Atyeo, Heather

publication date

  • January 1, 2010