BUFFALO – Family members will join advocates with the Save Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Coalition in a rally outside the Burchfield Penney Art Center today in opposition to a proposed consolidation of the psychiatric facilities. An estimated 50 people are expected to come together in an effort to deter proposed plans to close the WNYCPC in West Seneca, and permanently move children aged 4-18 to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, an adult facility. The rally will take place outside the Burchfield Penney Art Center as the Office of Mental Health (OMH) holds a public forum on a merger blueprint, inside. OMH has the statutory authority to merge the centers.
Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Senator Robert OrttPublic Hearing: The future of sheltered workshops in New York State for families andindividuals with developmental and intellectual disabilitiesPlace: Center for Tomorrow, University of Buffalo, North Campus,119 John Beane Center, Buffalo, New YorkTime: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559Media Contact: Antoinette DelBel (518) 455-2024ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
WEST SENECA – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) will team up with the Save Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Coalition during an open forum Monday in an effort to deter proposed plans from the Office of Mental Health (OMH) to merge the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center and the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, an adult facility. As part of the 2014-15 state budget, the Western New York delegation was able to defer the merger from happening, however OMH still has the statutory authority to merge the centers. Senator Ortt has closely monitored the situation through the budget process and has made his opposition to a consolidation known to the Commissioner of Mental Health Anne Sullivan.
Since Senator Ortt has taken on the role of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee Chairman, he’s been passionate about fighting for those who are most vulnerable. On Monday, he had a humbling experience during his visit to The Summit Center’s Amherst location. He met Samantha and Andrew, who turned 18 that day and greeted the Senator with a high-five. Senator Ortt sat down with passionate family members and listened to their concerns. Their similar stories and individuals like Sam and Andrew are what make the Senator eager to get back to Albany and fight to make housing, access to care and other services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities a top priority.
Senator George Amedore today joined Mary Ann Allen, Executive Director of Wildwood Programs, to announce he has secured $25,000 in state funding in the 2015-16 State Budget to help support Wildwood’s Adult Education programs.
Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester), in partnership with Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack and disability advocates, hosted a Ceremonial Unveiling of the new Accessibility Icon Signs, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(Middletown, NY)-State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) issued the following statement on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.
June 23, 2015 - Take a minute to catch up on what's been happening in Senator Rob Ortt's Senate district. He rallied alongside Metro and Paratransit riders to speak out against the NFTA, supported local firefighters in a parade, cut the ribbon on a major bridge project and much more.
$50,000 in State Funding Will Help Expand Opportunities For Individuals With Autism
Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) has secured $50,000 in state funding to help expand opportunities for individuals with autism. The state funding will help enhance services provided by the Nicholas Center for Autism.
Measures Would Authorize Special Prosecutor to Prosecute Crimes Against Vulnerable New Yorkers
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers. The bill, sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), would improve the state’s ability to respond to the abuse or neglect of people with special needs by strengthening the state’s ability to prosecute crimes reported to the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
Queens, NY (May 26, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is inviting qualified job seekers who are interested in working with individuals with disabilities to come out to a mass hiring event for Birch Family Services that is scheduled for June 4th in Ridgewood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hiring event for the multi-faceted human services organization, which is being co-sponsored by NYS Assemblymembers Catherine Nolan and Mike Miller, is being held at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Building at 59-03 Summerfield Street.
Audit Shows Mental Health Provider Submitted More Than $150,000 in Questionable Reimbursements
LOCKPORT - State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today blasted a Queens non-profit as well as the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) after an audit showed gross misuse of taxpayer funds. An audit revealed that Promoting Specialized Care and Health (PSCH), which has a five-year contract with OMH for $30 million to provide services to individuals with mental disabilities and substance abuse, spent more than $150,000 on inappropriate expenses. That included nearly $32,000 on a high-end conference at a Long Island resort including alcohol, cruises, and gifts.
I was pleased to recently help kickoff the annual CP Rochester 5k. CP Rochester has been serving our community for nearly 70 years, supporting individuals of all ages and abilities in living a full and rewarding life. Many thanks to everyone who came out to support this great organization.
ALBANY – Much-needed public transportation is scarce in rural areas, but Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is taking action to address this shortage in New York State.
“Due to the lack of comprehensive public transportation systems in Upstate New York, many service providers have established their own transportation systems to meet the needs of the individuals they serve. However, there is tremendous opportunity to improve the efficiency, reach, and cost effectiveness of these systems by coordinating with other organizations that have their own transportation needs,” said Senator Young.