Issues: Developmental Disabilities

LI Herald: Legislator wants autism treatments covered

March 23, 2011

by David Weingrad

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr., a Republican from Merrick, has introduced legislation to ensure that people with autism receive insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Currently, those with autism are routinely denied insurance benefits for the treatment of their disorder, forcing their families to pay for costly treatments.

March 23, 2011
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March 21, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy J. McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Room 124 CAP

March 23, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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McDonald Hosts Press Conference on Reported Group Home Abuse

Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee, Senator Roy McDonald was joined by Chairman of the Assembly Mental Health Committee Felix Ortiz, along with Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. The legislators discussed a recent NY Times investigative report that outlined allegations of abuse at OPWDD group homes.

March 15, 2011
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McDonald Looking for More Information on Reported OPWDD Group Home Abuse

Albany – March 15 -  In light of a recent New York Times article that outlined patient abuse, taunting and sexual assault at group homes, Mental Health Committee Chairman Senator Roy McDonald was joined by Senator Kemp Hannon, Chairman of the Assembly Mental Health Committee Felix Ortiz, and members of the Assembly Mental Health Committee today at the Capitol.

March 15, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN MORELLE INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM

Legislation Would Ensure that Screening, Diagnosis, & Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders are Covered by Insurance 

March 14, 2011
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3/9/2011: Mental Health Matters Advocacy Day

Speakers included Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair on Mental Hygiene, Senator Roy McDonald, Chair of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Member on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz Chair of Aging and Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan. Also, we will hear from other leading experts discussing significant mental health issues.

We will also have the wonderful mix of MHA members dedicated to community based mental health services, our grassroots colleagues from AFSP, our colleagues in the community as well as several high school students whose schools have been directly impacted by suicide completion.

Issues we will discuss include:

March 9, 2011
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Cardinal McCloskey Services Visits Albany

ALBANY, NY (2/15/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) met with a group from Cardinal McCloskey Services in Albany on Tuesday to discuss the impacts of Governor Cuomo's budget cuts on the assisted living services.

Photo: Percy, John, and Ivira from Cardinal McCloskey Services. 

February 15, 2011
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Senator Greg Ball Visits Patterson's Guiding Eyes for the Blind

PATTERSON, NY (02/11/2011) - Senator Greg Ball (R, C - Patterson) today toured the Guiding Eyes for the Blind breeding facility in Patterson, NY. 

Guiding Eyes is a nonprofit guide dog school that provides the blind and visually impaired with Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services. 

February 15, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesRoy J. McDonaldTuesday, February 8th, 2011 9:30amRoom 917 LOB

February 8, 9:30 AM - 9:43 AM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Mental Hygiene"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Mental Hygiene info.

March 2, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Healthcare Update Newsletter: Effects of Healthcare Reform Legislation

I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.

Please see attached newsletter.

File: 
Healthcare Mailer 9.2010.pdf

September 21, 2010
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Senator Johnson’s Protections for the Disabled Signed into Law

Strong legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that will protect disabled New York state residents from discrimination was signed into law last week.

“This state has a rich history of defending the civil rights of its residents,” Senator Johnson said. “I am proud to have helped enact a law that follows this tradition and ensures that we protect those who may not be able to protect themselves.”

July 26, 2010
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Senator Johnson's Prenatal Vitamin Insurance Legislation Passes Senate

Important legislation sponsored by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), that would help families by requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of prenatal vitamins passed the Senate.

June 27, 2010
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New York Legislature Passes Landmark Bill Extending Healthcare Coverage for Autistic Patients

 

Oppenheimer co-sponsored bill now awaits Governor’s approval

The New York State Legislature passed legislation protecting families and children affected by autism spectrum disorders from exorbitant healthcare costs.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was a key co-sponsor of the legislation (S7000B), which passed the Senate on June 9th, with unanimous, bipartisan support.  Earlier this week, the Assembly passed the bill, which will now be sent to the Governor for his approval.

June 25, 2010
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Kendra’s Law Passes Senate

Majority Extends Mental Health & Public Protection Program Through 2015

The Senate Democratic Majority announced the passage of legislation (S7254) to keep Kendra’s law, an important mental health and public protection program fully operational through 2015.

The law had been set to expire at the end of this month.

June 18, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chair Monday, June 21, 2010 OFF THE FLOOR

June 21, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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