The CIUSSS’s new mobile mental health crisis team, officially ÉSIRRC (équipe spécialisée d’intervention rapide et de relais dans la communauté), hosted its open doors on September 25. The team was created as part of a strategy by the Ministry of Health and Social Services to implement integrated alternatives to hospitalization.
The multidisciplinary ÉSIRRC team provides individuals in crisis with access to “the right service, at the right time, by the right person”. This means resolving the crisis, establishing a safety net and, when necessary, arranging a referral to appropriate services. The ÉSIRRC offers services directly in the community to avoid separating a person in crisis from their living environment. The team of nurses, a social worker and human relations officer, remains available for follow-up adapted to the person’s needs, for up to 6 weeks.
Appearing in the photo, Alternative Services to Hospitalization team members, from left: Planning, Programming and Research Officer Hassan Ouali; Administrative Agent Munkh-Aldar Dorjederem; Administrative Technician Camille Pressiat; Liaison Nurse Danielle Philizaire; Lucie Tremblay, Associate CEO of our CIUSSS; Program Manager Yelena Kalashnikov; and Associate Director Réginald Cadet.