County officials grateful for help on Monday with mental health emergencies

The Tompkins County Department of Mental Health is grateful for the assistance of the Ithaca Tompkins Specialized Response Team and the Ithaca Police Department and Sheriff’s Department Crisis Negotiation Team. Tompkins County for their immediate assistance in responding to a mental health emergency today, ”the agency said. said in a statement Monday afternoon.

The incident at the agency’s premises on East Green Street began around 10 am Monday “after an individual barricaded himself in the lobby bathroom of the building,” the statement said. The establishment was closed until the individual was taken into police custody by the police around 1 p.m.

Police officers and sheriff’s assistants responded with Truck 99, the mobile command center jointly operated by Ithaca-Tompkins and available to the Ithaca-Tompkins Specialized Response Team and the Ithaca-Tompkins Crisis Negotiation Team. .

A statement released Monday evening by the Ithaca Police Department said officers were dispatched at 10:06 am and learned that the barricaded individual “was armed with a bladed weapon” and “was making threats.”

IPD Deputy Police Chief Vincent P. Monticello said that “nearly two hours of attempts by crisis negotiators to get this person out of the toilet failed,” and officers at the scene deployed “less lethal options” after the person “got out of the bathroom just before noon and became physical with police and assistants attempting to take this person into custody. The individual was taken to a hospital from the area by Bangs Ambulance for a mental health examination.

According to the Department of Mental Health, “in-person appointments have been canceled for the remainder of the day with all appointments scheduled as scheduled starting tomorrow.”

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