Issues: Developmental Disabilities

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 7, 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM
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2/14/2012: NYS Legislative Joint Budget Hearing on Mental Hygiene

 

(Albany, New York) - On February 14, 2012 the New York State Senate held the Mental Hygiene budget hearing based on the Governor’s budget proposal. Testimony was heard from a myriad of individuals and organizations regarding the overall budget of Mental Hygiene, as well as specific provisions and actions within it.  The Office  of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) all received increases of 1% or less in their respective budgets. Yet, one of the main discussions during the hearing was about the closure of Kingsborough Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn.

February 17, 2012
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2/14/2012: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Budget Hearing

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 14, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

February 14, 2012
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Public Hearing: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Chair: Senator Roy J. McDonald
Sponsors: Senator Roy J. McDonald and Senator Lee M. Zeldin
Public Hearing: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat
Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Contact: Sharon Carpinello (518) 455-2381
Media Contact: Mike Veitch (518) 455-2381
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

 

February 29, 10:00 AM - 1:18 PM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, January 23, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 23, 11:00 AM - 11:03 AM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 9, 11:00 AM - 11:02 AM
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McDonald Announces Suicide Prevention Awareness Effort

January 5, 2012 - Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) wants people to know that there are outlets to help them through difficult times and that suicide is preventable. One such outlet is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a toll-free telephone number that connects the caller to a certified crisis center near to where the call is placed.

January 5, 2012
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Community Comes Together to Help Family of Teens with Cerebral Palsy

Event held to celebrate renovation work being done to serve the needs of Depew family. DEPEW, N.Y. – Twin sisters Amber and Ashley Geary know what it’s like to overcome great adversity. Since birth, both girls have lived with cerebral palsy – a debilitating disease that has forced them to endure struggles, but has failed to deter their spirits.

December 7, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR CUOMO

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsors to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law will save families with autism tens of thousands of dollars a year in out of pocket costs for autism treatment and therapies which many insurance companies refuse to cover.

November 1, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND ASSEMBLYMAN McDONOUGH ATTEND AUTISM WALK AT JONES BEACH

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Dave McDonough (R-North Merrick) recently attended Autism Speaks’ annual “Long Island Walk Now for Autism” at Jones Beach State Park. Over 30,000 people participated in the walk to raise money for research that aims to find a cure for autism spectrum disorders.

Senator Fuschillo thanked the walkers for their efforts and congratulated Merrick resident Michael Giangregorio, who served as Chairman of the Walk, on putting together a successful event. According to Autism Speaks, the walk raised over $1.3 million for autism research.

October 4, 2011
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State Senators Lee Zeldin, Roy McDonald, and Ken LaValle Host Autism Forum on Long Island

Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), State Senator Roy J. McDonald (R- Saratoga), Chairman of the State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson) hosted an Autism and similar type developmental disabilities forum this past Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip. Senator Zeldin, and his colleagues Senator McDonald and Senator LaValle, talked with and listened to experts, educators, service providers, individuals and their families on issues relating to autism and developmental disabilities.

September 15, 2011
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September 14, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Announces Joint Agreement Between OPWDD and State Police To Reform Abuse Reporting System

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an agreement between the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the New York Division of State Police to establish consistent guidelines for which incidents of abuse against any of the 126,000 individuals receiving support from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and its network of nonprofit providers should be reported as potential crimes. This joint protocol is another step in a comprehensive agenda being pursued by the Governor and OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke to assure the safety, cost effectiveness, and quality of care of those individuals and to streamline government in a way that puts New Yorkers first.

August 17, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco with Intern Joe Cittadino at a Ceremony Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Joe Cittadino, an intern with the office of Senator DeFrancisco, spoke at the ARISE Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Senator DeFrancisco is pictured here with Joe and Joe's mother. 

July 29, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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New Fire Safety Plans for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 24, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

New Fire Safety Plans for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

June 24, 2011
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NEW YORK MUST STAND AGAINST “OBAMACARE”

Senator Ball says “No” to state implementation of “ObamaCare”

June 23, 2011
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Lt. Gov Duffy Applauds Senate Passage of Senator Fuschillo's Autism Insurance Reform Legislation

Lt. Governor Duffy applauds the Senate passage of autism insurance reform legislation, sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, which would enable individuals with autism to receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Senator Fuschillo thanks the Lt. Governor for supporting the legislation, which would give families with autism access to treatment coverage just like any other condition and ensure that they are not denied services solely because of an autism diagnosis.

June 20, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT AUTISM INSURANCE BILL ENACTED BY STATE SENATE

The New York State Senate today voted to enact important legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Mike Nozzolio(S.4005)  that will require accident and health insurance policies to provide coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment for patients with autism spectrum disorders. The legislation has been adopted in both houses of the State Legislature and only awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature to become law.

June 17, 2011
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