A new program, Overdose Automatic Referral (O.A.R.) allows police in Haldimand Norfolk to make an automatic referral to the CAMHS Addiction Mobile Outreach Team (AMOT) in situations where police attend an opioid-related call for service and the individual is unable to communicate due to receiving urgent lifesaving medical treatment.
Since 2018, Haldimand and Norfolk County OPP have been called to investigate and assist in 171 occurrences involving suspected and confirmed, fatal and near fatal opioid overdoses. Of those occurrences, 28 were fatalities.
In 2020 alone, the OPP have attended 68 opioid-related calls for service, nine of which were fatal.
AMOT is a program of Community Addiction and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) of Haldimand and Norfolk. The team is comprised of Addiction Outreach Counsellors, Peer Workers who have their own lived experience with addictions and a Nurse Practitioner who is available to provide primary care for individuals living with a current addiction who are without a family doctor.
They are mobile across Haldimand and Norfolk, seven days a week, from 8:30am to 8:30pm and can be reached directly by calling 519-426-8760 or 1-877-909-4357 ext. 1120.
Supports include assessment and referral, supportive counselling and assistance with systems navigation.
“CAMHS is thrilled to be expanding upon our partnership with the OPP across Haldimand and Norfolk through this new initiative. The OPP’s continued commitment to partner for creative solutions to meet the needs of our community is impressive,” says Nancy Candy Harding, Chief Executive Officer, CAMHS