ALBANY, NY – Three Western New York agencies will receive state and federal funding to improve and expand services for vulnerable adults at risk of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

The monies will go to the ACCORD Corporation in Allegany County, the Center for Elder Law and Justice: Erie Hub, which supports teams in Erie, Cattaraugus and Niagara counties, and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.

"New York remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting one of our most vulnerable populations and to holding those responsible accountable for their actions," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the grants.

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A total of $8.4 million will be awarded to 10 not-for-profit and governmental organizations that support 23 existing multidisciplinary teams throughout New York State.

"By expanding upon existing efforts to ensure we are able to serve every county in the state, we can prevent harm to vulnerable adults, reduce risk of exploitation, and save lives," Cuomo said.

Developed by the state Office of Victim Services and state Office for the Aging, the Elder Abuse Interventions and Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams Initiative is the first of its kind in the nation.

"This funding will expand our efforts to assist vulnerable adults with support from teams across the state to ensure they don't become victims of abuse,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

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