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Deadline extended for submitting to HSJCC police-emergency room protocols project

January 10, 2013

The deadline for submission to the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Police-Emergency Room Protocols Project has been extended to Thursday, January 31.

The HSJCC is developing an “Information Guide on Police-Emergency Room Protocols.” The purpose of the HSJCC Info Guide is to assist police services and hospitals in Ontario to reduce emergency room wait times for police officers who are accompanying individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The Info Guide will provide an overview of key information contained in protocols devised and implemented by police services, emergency room staff and community service providers, including identifying key players, contact information, processes, implementation, ongoing monitoring, and evaluation. The Info Guide will also provide an inventory of replicable, successful protocols from across Ontario that have been proven to reduce emergency room wait times for police.

To help inform this Info Guide, the Provincial HSJCC is requesting police services, emergency room staff, emergency medical services (EMS) staff and community service providers who have knowledge of police-emergency room issues to complete a call for information and to submit any policies, protocols, standard forms and/or memorandums of understanding that are currently in place across Ontario that help to reduce emergency room wait times for police.

For more information and to complete the call for information, visit

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