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, May 4, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 4, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Senator Rivera Recognizes Autism Awareness Month, Announces Support for Autism Insurance Legislation

Bronx, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) recognized Autism Awareness Month and announced his support for legislation that would provide screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, help to end discriminatory practices impacting New Yorkers. Since being elected, Senator Rivera has visited with organizations that provide critical services for children and families impacted by autism in the Bronx, including Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), the Bronx Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Council and Unique People Services.

April 28, 2011
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Mental Health Committee Nominates OPWDD Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission on Qaulity of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilites

Albany  – Senator Roy McDonald announced that the Senate Mental Health Committee approved two nominations, one for the Commissioner of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and for the Chairman on the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, on Monday April 11, 2011.

April 12, 2011
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4/11/2011: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee

Confirmation of Courtney E. Burke as Commissioner of the New York State Office of People with Developmemtal Disabilities

April 10, 2011
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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 1:00 PM, Monday, April 11, 2011 Room 124 CAP

*THIS IS A REVISED AGENDA* Please note date, time & location change for this meeting. The Committee will consider the following nominations: Courtney E. Burke as Commissioner of the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (TO APPEAR) Roger Bearden as Member and Chair of the State on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (TO APPEAR)

April 11, 1:00 PM - 1:24 PM
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Legislative Report with Senator Martin Malave Dilan

April 6, 2011- Senator Dilan discusses 2011 - 2012 Budget, Education, and Transportation

April 7, 2011
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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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