Senator asks for transition plans during budget hearings
State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) today sought clarification from agencies overseeing mental health, developmental disability services, and substance abuse in New York State. As chairman of the Senate’s Mental Health and Developmental and Disabilities Committee, Ortt led a joint legislative budget hearing focusing on the programmatic and financial impact of the Governor’s proposed budget.
The hearing included testimony from executive agencies and community advocates. He began by addressing the state’s closure plans, specifically plans to close West Seneca Children’s Psychiatric Center and transfer the patients to Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital.
Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Chair: Senator David Carlucci Public Hearing: To examine supports and services for individuals and families dealing with mental illness in New York State Place: Rockland Community College, RCC 3214, 145 College Avenue, Suffern, New York Time: 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Contact: Evan Sullivan (845) 623-3627 Media Contact: Mike Grubiak (845) 623-3627 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY