*CIT bracelets help ease encounters between police, mental health sufferers

The Change Center has been handing out Critical Intervention Training bracelets that help first responders identify individuals who have a mental health issue.

ALBANY — As a fashion statement they’re not much. But these rubber bracelets could make a big difference with police officers interacting with individuals suffering from mental illness and alter the results of an encounter from a trip to jail to referral to treatment.

The Change Center, a substance abuse recovery center in downtown Albany, and other facilities related to Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services of Albany distribute the bracelets to those who have mental health issues.

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