Powell River Council is hoping to participate in a mental health project.
During a council meeting on August 17, a motion was presented about the Canadian Mental Health Association expanding Peer Assisted Care Teams to other communities in the province.
The teams are a mobile civilian response to mental health calls, with the goal of using them as an alternative to the RCMP while responding to those in distress.
Councilor Trina Isakson hopes that they can be chosen for this project.
“There are four more pilots that will be announced, and I’m hoping that we can be chosen either as a city or a region with qathet Regional District and Tla’amin Nation.”
This comes following the province’s announcement that three teams have been sent to the Comox Valley, Kamloops, and Prince George this summer.
Mayor and council all voted unanimously for this motion, with the Mayor set to write to both qathet and Tla’amin to encourage similar support.