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Grant awarded to assist police in crisis situations

A Cheektowaga behavioral health organization has been awarded a $150,000 grant to “embed” crisis workers with the Buffalo Police Department and other area police agencies.

Workers at Endeavor Health Services, which received the grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, will focus on steps to prevent jail sentences and reduce recidivism.

A crisis worker will accompany police officers on calls and provide immediate screening, assessment, de-escalation and diversion, according to Endeavor.

The crisis worker will also follow up by going to court with the defendant to advocate for jail diversion. Other services include connecting individuals to behavioral health services and community services.

“We are proud to be an award recipient of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and are thankful to be a part of the crisis intervention team work being done with the Buffalo Police Department," Elizabeth L. Mauro, CEO of Endeavor Health Services, stated.

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