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Legislative District 09

Posted on: August 21, 2019

LEGISLATURE INTRODUCES BILLS PROVIDING ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR POLICE AND CORRECTIONS

LEGISLATURE INTRODUCES BILLS PROVIDING ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR POLICE AND CORRECTIONS


In the wake of the 9th New York Police Department (NYPD) officer to die by suicide this year, Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello and the Nassau County Legislative Majority joined with members of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Detectives Association (DAI), and Sheriff's Corrections Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) to announce a bill that will give officers greater access to mental health resources.


The legislation, which will be heard at the next meeting of the Legislature, includes:

  • The creation, within the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) and Department of Corrections, of an Office of Mental Health and Wellness
  • The creation of a liaison between the other police forces and NCPD to better serve officers residing in Nassau County.
  • The establishment of a mental health action plan, to be evaluated by the Nassau County Police Department/ Department of Corrections annually, to examine the mental health policy and procedures and provide the opportunity for added resources to the Departments.
  • The creation of a smartphone application with various mental health resources
  • The formation of peer support groups for Police and Corrections Officers
  • The provision of in-service wellness training and resources for all Nassau County Police and Corrections Officers for a minimum of one-hour per calendar year.


“Our police and corrections officers and residents serving as officers in other municipalities protect our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nassau County must provide them with the resources and support they may require,” Presiding Officer Nicolello said. “The creation of this agency within the NCPD and the enhanced use of technology will ensure that our police department will continue to be a national model.


Police and Corrections officers deal with immense stress, and often chaotic work conditions while keeping our communities safe. While Nassau County has not seen in an increase of officers who die by suicide, the measures included in the bill will serve as an added resource for officers needing assistance.

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