Mobile Response Team
February 23, 2018. Article by: Government of B.C.
The mental, emotional, spiritual and social impacts of the overdose crisis are felt across the province. First responders, frontline workers, people with lived experience/peers are all impacted. In response, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions have set up a provincial overdose Mobile Response Team to provide support, education and training to help address the psychosocial toll of the crisis.
The purpose of the provincial overdose Mobile Response Team is to give immediate, short-term support to those affected by this public health emergency. This includes people who have been impacted by the effect of critical incidents such as multiple overdoses and/or deaths during the course of their work.
Who Is The Mobile Response Team & What Do They Do?
- Made up of 12 team members with diverse backgrounds and skills, including counsellors, psychologists, traumatologists, first responders, and art therapists.
- Provide education and crisis response services.
- Introduce peer support tools and debriefing strategies to individuals and groups.
- Assess and responds to critical incidents by scheduled visits as well as on-call response.
- Conduct community outreach and liaise with all health authorities and their contracted agencies.
- Provide space for grief and loss.
The Mobile Response Team Can Help Individuals, Teams & Communities To:
- Build skills, capacities and resiliency
- Use supportive strategies for living with trauma
- Identify strengths and strategies for growing community care
- All services are confidential