Nanaimo Acute Response Table

The City of Nanaimo worked with community partners to create the Nanaimo Acute Response Table (NART), previously known as the Situation Table. The table is a multi-agency team focused on addressing specific situations where the probability of a vulnerable person or family experiencing harm is imminent, significant and cuts across multiple human service sectors.

The Table helps front line staff from the public safety, health, and social service sectors to identify vulnerable people and collaboratively and rapidly connect them to services before they experience a negative or traumatic event (e.g. victimization, overdose, eviction, criminalization, etc.). The Table empowers agencies to reduce a broad range of risks that can impact a person’s well-being and safety. 

Goals of the Nanaimo Acute Response Table are:
  • Timely mobilization of resources;
  • Increased awareness/knowledge of risks, trends and systemic issues;
  • Achieve a reduction in the levels of harm and victimization;
  • Improved collaboration and communication among service providers;
  • Increased awareness of risks and needs among individuals and families;
  • More proactive measures implemented; and
  • Increased community safety and well-being.

Members of the Table meet regularly to review situations of acutely elevated risk to determine if an individual or family meets the criteria for imminent risk for harm and/or victimization.  Through consensus, the Table members coordinate interventions as necessary; the Table does not perform case management.  The purpose of the Table is to address acutely elevated risk within 24-48 hours and connect individuals and families to services. Case management remains with the most appropriate agency as determined by the members of the table. The following organizations participate in the Nanaimo Acute Response Table:

  • BGC Central Vancouver Island
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • City of Nanaimo - Community Safety Officers / Bylaws
  • City of Nanaimo - Social Planning, Community Policing (Table Support)
  • Community Living BC
  • Connective Society
  • Haven Society
  • Island Crisis Care Society
  • Island Health - Child and Youth Mental Health, Adult Counselling Services, and Mental Health and Substance Use - (Outreach)
  • Kwumut Lelum Child & Family Services
  • Ministry of Children and Families - Child Protection and Youth Probation
  • Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General - Community Corrections
  • Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Nanaimo and Area Resource Services for Families (NARSF)
  • Nanaimo Association for Community Living
  • Nanaimo Family Life Association
  • Pacifica Housing Advisory Association
  • RCMP
  • Salvation Army New Hope Centre
  • School District 68
  • Snuneymuxw First Nation
  • Unitarian Shelter
  • Vancouver Island Mental Health Society
  • Vancouver Island University - Criminology Department (Table Support)


For more information about Situation Tables in BC go to: 

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