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Agencies in Erie and Niagara counties are among the recipients of more than $4 million in grant money from the state Office of Mental Health. The grants, announced during Geriatric Mental Health Awareness Week, is directed for physical and behavioral health care services for older New Yorkers.

“Across the United States, individuals with serious mental illness are dying 25 years earlier than the general public,” Ann Marie Sullivan, the acting mental health commissioner, said in a press release.

She emphasized early identification and intervention as a key factor in successful treatment of mental illness in older adults.

The Erie County Medical Center Corp. will receive $185,447 to work with the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Internal Medicine in providing services in two outpatient mental health clinics.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will receive $500,000 to support its partnership with the Dale Association to provide senior services at the Summit Family Care Center in Wheatfield and pay a part-time senior advocate.

To find a mental health program serving the geriatric population, go to the state agency’s website bi.omh.ny.gov/bridges/index and click on advanced search.