Issues: Developmental Disabilities

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities  Senator Robert Ortt, Chair  9:30 AM, Wednesday, April 29, 2015  Room 816 LOB

April 29, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Drops the Puck at Disabled Veteran’s Hockey Game

As part of the 11th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival, State Senator Rob Ortt helped to kick off one of the games by dropping the puck onto the ice. The event honors our heroes and is organized by the Sled Hockey Foundation. The four day festival is reportedly the largest disabled hockey event of its kind in the world with more than 1,000 athletes from around the country playing a total of 147 games. Read more about the event and watch the news clip on TWCNews and WGRZ.

 

 

April 13, 2015
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Ortt: Budget Assists Mental Health, Disabilities

As Chairman, Ortt Sees Progress on Key Issues

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) said this year’s state budget will assist those facing mental illness and disabilities. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ortt said issues raised by individuals, families, and advocacy groups were central to his approach to the budget.

April 12, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Urges State to Reconsider Plan to Phase Out Sheltered Workshops

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in support of the disability community and sheltered workshops in his district, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities to protect the workshops from closure. This is the full text of the letter Ortt sent last week to the Governor’s office and Kerry A. Delaney, acting commissioner of the OPWDD in Albany.

April 8, 2015
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State Budget Includes Transition Planning for Individuals with Disabilities who Work in Sheltered Workshops

ALBANY – For individuals with developmental disabilities, the challenges inherent in moving from a sheltered workshop to community employment are quite daunting. To address this issue, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, included an initiative in the state budget to develop a detailed transition plan for these individuals.

April 6, 2015
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Senator Parker Addresses the Needs of People with Autism Through Landmark Bills

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

April 2, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Agreement to Keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center Open

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that as part of a new state budget, an agreement has been reached to keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca open for at least another year.  The state had proposed closing the center and moving adolescent patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

March 30, 2015
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March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”

 

March 25, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

During this segment of Your Voice, Senator Ortt talks about medical marijuana, sex trafficking, mental health, and Fort Drum Day.

March 24, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Sex Offenders from Community Residences

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living in a community residence that also houses individuals with developmental disabilities.  The bill (S.2885), which was co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan, would prevent those who have committed a sex crime from living in facilities operated or licensed by the state through the Office of Mental Health or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

March 19, 2015
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Minute with Marchione: “World Down Syndrome Day”

State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I-Halfmoon), Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, announced passage of her legislative resolution recognizing March 21, 2015, as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” for New York State. Senator Marchione’s resolution was passed unanimously during yesterday’s Senate Session and was opened up to all of her colleagues for co-sponsorship. Senator Marchione also spoke on her resolution during today’s Session.

“Down Syndrome is more than just an issue for me; it’s personal. My great-nephew, Nathan, has Down Syndrome. He is a wonderful, incredible boy and one of the bright, shining lights of our family’s life. It is in Nathan’s name that I am proud to sponsor this resolution and promote this important cause,” Senator Marchione said.

March 19, 2015
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March 19, 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
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Senate Makes Fashion Statement For World Down Syndrome Day

ALBANY, 03/18/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined his colleagues in the state senate in recognizing the tenth anniversary of “World Down Syndrome Day” and called on the governor to proclaim March 21, 2015 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the State of New York.

March 18, 2015
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Senator Young Introduces Legislation Protecting Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is fighting to save sheltered workshops as an employment choice for people with disabilities.

Senator Young, who has introduced Senate Bill 3893-A, says the issue is personal to her.

“For 15 years before I was elected to state office, I worked at the ReHabilitation Center in Cattaraugus County where I saw people with disabilities thrive at the agency’s workshop, SubCon Industries. They had a deep sense of pride and self worth from working, and they loved earning a paycheck,” said Senator Young.

March 18, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Shares Concerns About Possible Psychiatric Merger

Sen. Ortt shared his concerns about moving children with mental health issues into the adult building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Sen. Ortt’s viewpoints were highlighted on the Children’s Psychiatric Center of Western New York’s website. Read the Lockport Journal article by clicking on this link.

March 17, 2015
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March 16, 4:30 PM - 4:42 PM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Robert Ortt, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Room 816 LOB

March 11, 9:30 AM - 9:34 AM
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Ortt Seeks Mental Health, Disability Answers

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.

February 27, 2015
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Senator Valesky plan sets aside $10m for supportive housing Upstate in IDC “Invest NY” agenda

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference have unveiled a comprehensive policy agenda that would include $10 million allocated specifically to Upstate New York for supportive housing development.

Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals, and support for residents’ health-related services.

February 19, 2015
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