Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams are vital in our community for helping those struggling with serious mental illnesses that cause them to become a danger to themselves and others.
Quantz said Diebold’s case emphasizes the need for a forensic Assertive Community Treatment team in Victoria. ACT teams help people with serious mental illnesses who are often involved in the justice system. Forensic ACT teams focus more intensely on individuals with a high risk of violence, more frequently involved in the justice system. Without this sort of team, persons like Mr. Diebold are either going to get themselves killed, or we’ll wait until they seriously injure or kill someone else, then lock them up for life,” Quantz said.
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Source: Times Colonist