New report calls for overhaul of Monroe County mental health services |

New report calls for overhaul of Monroe County mental health services

Updated: February 18, 2021 05:40 PM
Created: February 18, 2021 05:06 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A new report is calling for changes in the way Monroe County provides mental health and substance use disorder services to the community.

County Executive Adam Bello released the report, put together by a 90-day task force.

News10NBC's Patrick Moussignac finds out what some of those recommendations are. 

Although the Monroe County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force was created back in September, the report was actually completed last month. 

In it, Bello says they found where gaps in services existed and how the county can better serve its residents. Some of the recommended changes include teaching the community to use the 211 lifeline instead of calling law enforcement when it comes to a mental health or substance abuse crisis. 

Another recommendation grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice to expand coverage by the Forensic Intervention Team, otherwise known as the FIT team. Bello says the county is program rich, but often results poor.

"We brought in community leaders from across the spectrum here to make sure that all voices have been heard, and that we engaged with the community,” Adam Bello said. “We engaged with the mental health care community, with clinicians, with elected officials, law enforcement to take a look at how the county is spending its resources, but also the system as a whole."

Bello also appointed Dr. April Aycock as director of the office of mental health. She will lead in the implementation of strategies in the report and spearhead the effort to help bridge the gap between people who need these services and programs.

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