The chair of the Nipissing DSSAB, councillor Mark King, says council is well aware of the issues facing the local police and mental health. Mental health calls are up dramatically and according to the police chief are stretching resources pretty thin. King says local taxpayers shouldn’t’ have to shoulder this cost and is calling on the province to play a more active role because mental health is a provincial issue. Police Chief Shawn Devine told the Moose that mental health and policing should become a provincial election issue. That’s after monthly calls exceeded 320 which is well above the average from two years earlier of under 300 calls. The Nipissing DSSAB is asking the Ministry of Health for $2.5 million in additional funding to cope with what it calls a mental health and addictions crisis in Nipissing.