The Équipe mobile de référence et d’intervention en itinérance (EMRII) works with homeless people in Montréal who are in repeated situations involving the police. This is a second-line service, created in September 2009 at the SPVM's initiative, and it involves six police officers and four outreach workers from the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal. These team members work together to find solutions for the multiple recurring problems experienced by some homeless people.
The goal is to follow – for the medium and long term and sometimes even for years – people who would otherwise be sent from one service to another, with no coordinated oversight for the entire range of their difficulties.
This partnership between the SPVM and the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal has helped the stakeholders in the healthcare community understand the police side of interventions with the homeless and helped the police understand the healthcare perspective, ensuring the two organizations no longer work in silo.
Because their services are complementary, the EMRII team can monitor people in all spheres of their lives and make recommendations on both the healthcare side and the law enforcement side.
The SPVM and the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal rely on several partners in different sectors, both private and public: health and social services, justice, community organizations.
To contact the EMRII: email@example.com