Watch interview with Councilwoman Ellen Hendrickx who talks about her brother who lost his life due to mental illness
The Greenburgh Town Board approved an agreement with Westchester County -establishing a Mobile Crisis Team that will be located at Greenburgh Town Hall. The county will assume the costs of the team. the team will have the responsibility of providing 24-hour mobile behavioral health crisis support when responding to emergencies. The MCRT program was a recommendation of Project Alliance, a task force created by County Executive Latimer in 2021 to help re-imagine policing in Westchester. Law enforcement training to help police effectively deescalate situations involving people with behavioral health challenges was determined a top priority, and as a result the MCRT program was formed.
County Executive Latimer said: “Every emergency, every 911 call, is different. When our police respond to an emergency and it is clear that someone is struggling with a mental health issue, we want them to be armed with the tools that they need to prevent a serious crisis before it occurs. The Mobile Crisis Response Teams are designed to provide 24-hour, seven-day a week support to every community in Westchester, to make sure that police, EMTs and dispatchers have the appropriate resources to help people. Whenever possible, a mental health crisis should receive a mental health response, and that is exactly what the MCRT program does.”
Greenburgh Councilwoman Ellen Hendrickx was recently interviewed on News12 (see link below). She talks about her brother who lost his life due to mental illness. Councilwoman Hendrickx worked hard encouraging the Town Board to approve the agreement with the county. We are grateful to the county for their leadership trying to address mental health issues and will do whatever we can to help make this new program a big success. Lives will be saved! And the potential for tragedies will be reduced.
THANK YOU WESTCHESTER!
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Interview with Councilwoman Ellen Hendrickx