Catherine Costigan, psychology, police work benefits the vulnerable

UPDATE (March 16, 2018) - Two more city police officers OK’d for social-behaviour team - Following the report conducted by Catherine Costigan and Erica Woodin, members of UVic's Psychology department, on the integration of police officers into Victoria's Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, the municipality has approved further funding for additional police officers to join the initiative. ACT teams are made up of outreach workers, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and addiction specialists, who work together to support clients who live with substance use and mental illness.  TC  UVic News

(March 2, 2018) - The Times Colonist spoke to Catherine Costigan following yesterday's release of a report co-authored with Erica Woodin which focused on integrating police officers into Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. ACT teams are made up of outreach workers, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and addiction specialists that serve clients living with complex mental health and substance use issues.  TC  UVic News  

Catherine Costigan (Psychology) spoke to CFAX radio, CKNW radio and The Q radio about a new study on the integration of police officers on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams. The study was requested by the Victoria Police Department and Island Health.  CFAX  CKNW  UVic News  

Catherine Costigan (Psychology) spoke on CBC Victoria's "All Points West" afternoon program about the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) report that examined the benefits and drawbacks of including police on ACT teams. (Broadcast link not yet availableUVic News