The Province of Alberta and the Calgary Police Service are teaming up to combat mental illness by getting patients the support they need.

The police and Crisis Team will help those with mental illness who commit non-violent crimes and deter them from future involvement in crime.

“We as police have not been able to deal with those folks on the streets and it’s a rapidly growing problem,” said Rick Hanson, chief of Calgary Police Service.

The two-person teams will consist of registered nurses and social workers.

The three-year pilot project will cost $2.54 million.