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County legislators push for more funding for mental health program

WHECTV
Updated: September 08, 2020 11:21 PM
Created: September 08, 2020 03:40 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County Legislators have submitted bi-partisan legislation that calls for $100,000 in additional funding to be directed to the Forensic Intervention Team (FIT) Program, which helps people with mental health needs who are frequently in contact with law enforcement.

The money would come from Monroe County’s Contingency Fund and would mean using all of it.

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Sean M. Delehanty (R-Fairport) and Sabrina LaMar (D-Rochester) submitted the legislation Tuesday amid cries from activists to improve the way law enforcement handles mental health calls after the death of Daniel Prude.

LaMar said Daniel Prude's death was preventable, and mental health resources can save lives.

LaMar and Delehanty are also calling on County Executive Adam Bello to allocate additional county funds to expand FIT. There are currently six mental health professionals in the program.

"The protestors are asking for this, the mental health community is asking for this, the community itself is asking for it," Ernest Flagler-Mitchell (D-Rochester) said.

"It is a small program and today this is something we can do here in the county legislature by bringing this $100,000 to this program," Delehanty said.

The legislators want to bring everyone together and build a bigger program within the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.


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