Health IM proved its usefulness day one of its implementation.
When Belleville Police Cst. Ryan Laycoe finished his Health IM training course, he didn’t expect to be using it on the first day it launched. But on October 29 the system got its first mental health referral for what would become an invaluable law enforcement clinical screening tool.
“It is overwhelming how much mental health police and EMS deal with,” explained Laycoe.
Health IM aims to provide a service which will aid law enforcement in dealing with calls involving persons suffering from mental health issues.
“Implemented in conjunction with Quinte Health Care, Health IM is a digital platform equipping officers with on scene risk assessment tools and the ability to communicate with triage nurses in real time,” said Belleville Police Inspector Sheri Meeks. “This clinical screening tool is specifically designed for use by law enforcement and it runs on our police mobile devices. The program assists officers in determining the best environment for a person in crisis. If a trip to the emergency room is required, then the system alerts the triage nurse in advance, communicating vital mental health information and this helps the healthcare staff prepare and provide more timely treatment.”
“The program saves lives,” said Belleville Police Chief Ron Gignac.