Const. Brian Montague says of the 400 to 500 calls police get every day day, he estimates around 25 per cent involve mental-health issues.
Montague says the VPD and the city have worked closely on addressing that, adding the rise in community-based treatment has helped for a large number of the mentally ill.
“For some, their mental health is at a state where it’s not – that’s just not practical. For those individuals, the long-term secure mental health treatment beds are necessary.”
The Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addiction says its most recent study has shown the VPD has seen the number of Mental Health Act apprehensions fall by half.
Mary Clare Zak, the city’s managing director of social policy, says the province has come through on some of that request.
“The latest information we have is that 55 of the requested 300 beds have become available, and we’re working and hopeful that the province will come through with additional beds.”