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Erie County Mental Health Commissioner Ellen Grant Bishop will be honored Friday as New York State's Social Worker of the Year.

The award will be presented to Commissioner Grant Bishop at the awards dinner held by the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers during its statewide conference being held Thursday through Saturday in Saratoga Springs.

Ms. Grant Bishop was chosen for the honor in recognition of several new initiatives she implemented for the Erie County department, including a Hispanic-outreach system that includes a 24-hour emergency-services hot line and establishment of the Children's Mental Health Consortium.

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