Albany County launches mental health crises pilot program

VOORHEESVILLE, NY (NEWS10) – Albany County launches its new Crisis Officials Responding and Diverting (ACCORD) program. District Chairman Andrew Joyce and members of the Albany Legislature are accompanied by District Executive Daniel McCoy, Sheriff Craig Apple, Department of Mental Health Commissioner Stephen Giordano and UAlbany officials to make the announcement.

A press conference will take place on Friday, June 11th at 12 noon at the EMS station in Voorheesville. Officials will discuss details about ACCORD and how the response teams, composed of social workers and rescue workers, respond to situations involving mental health or other non-violent emergency calls.

“We’re not defusing the Albany County police force. What we are doing is stimulating the discussion about policing and public safety in our communities and taking action to help our law enforcement agencies better equipped and respond to the communities they serve, ”said Chairwoman Joyce. “With ACCORD, we will be able to use our resources appropriately by having a team specially trained in dealing with mental health issues and other non-violent emergencies that will allow our police to focus on what they do best , namely the fight against crime. “

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