Issues: Mental Health

Otsego County Mental Health Concerns Under The Microscope

ONEONTA, 04/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on a meeting he convened of local stakeholders to discuss the future of emergency psychiatric services in Otsego County and the surrounding region: 

“The decision by Bassett Medical center to terminate inpatient psychiatric services has wide-ranging consequences.  Today’s meeting of local stakeholders included a brief summary of what led to the decision, and more importantly, allowed for an open dialogue on actions to be taken to fill the pending treatment void.

April 17, 2014
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET WILL EXPAND NORTH COUNTRY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Includes Funding for Treatment of Up to 270 Additional Residents

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget reaffirms the state’s commitment to the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and provides for the expansion of mental health services in the North Country. 

Contained in the recently-enacted spending plan is $44 million in new funding for community-based mental health care, including $3.85 million in new funds for the creation and expansion of community-based mental health services in the North Country.  The additional aid will provide treatment for up to 270 additional North Country residents.

“The North Country community fought long and hard for the protection of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and the vitally important services the facility provides to those struggling with mental health issues and their families,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 11, 2014
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Senator Gallivan's Family Health & Safety Fair

Free health screenings & safety information from the following:

April 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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March 26, 7:00 PM - 7:07 PM
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March 20, 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
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March 17, 1:30 PM - 2:21 PM
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RITCHIE, CITY HALL UNVEIL PLAN TO CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AT PSYCH CENTER CAMPUS

'Land Transfer' Bill Aims to Get Unused Land Back on the Tax Rolls, Help Community Grow

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be introducing legislation next week to transfer 160 vacant acres of surplus land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to the City of Ogdensburg as part of a long-term comprehensive program to redevelop the campus.

Senator Ritchie has been working with Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson and City Manager John Pinkerton over the past two months to develop a plan to transform blighted properties at the 125-year-old Psychiatric Center into economic development assets to create opportunities for new jobs and growth.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE SLPC CAMPUS PLAN

The proposal was endorsed by the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force on Thursday.  The Ogdensburg City Council will consider a proposal to endorse the plan Monday.

Senator Ritchie will present the legislation to members of State Assembly and State Senate delegation representing St. Lawrence County in the state legislature on Wednesday to seek their support. Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell has announced her support for the plan.

February 21, 2014
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Tkaczyk: OMH Shortchanges Community Mental Health Reinvestment

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today disputed claims by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) about the savings to be generated from the planned downsizing of the State’s psychiatric hospital system. By underestimating those savings, the agency is shortchanging the “Community Mental Health Reinvestment Program” by millions of dollars.

The Executive Budget proposes closing 399 beds and OMH estimates annual savings per bed to be $110,000 -- a total savings of about $43 million annually.

However, holding a billing statement from the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) Senator Tkaczyk noted that the daily rate for an inpatient bed in a state psychiatric hospital is more than $1,100, yielding annual savings of $408,000 per bed.

February 13, 2014
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Tkaczyk Mental Health Reinvestment Measure Moves Through Committee

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s legislation to strengthen the State’s community-based mental health services has been reported from the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Senator Tkaczyk last year introduced the “Communities of Excellence Mental Health Reinvestment Act,” which would take money saved from consolidation of the State’s psychiatric hospital system and use it to ensure that our community-based services are appropriately funded.

Similar legislation was introduced this year by Senator David Carlucci, Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, together with Senator Tkaczyk, Ranking Democratic member on the committee, and Senator Thomas Libous, the former chair of the committee.

February 13, 2014
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Proposed Legislation to Create Guidelines for Treatment of Abuse Victims

Senator Phil Boyle sponsors bill to avoid re-traumatization of sexual assault victims by sharing treatment sessions with offenders 

February 2, 2014 - Albany, NY:  In an effort to provide a safe and non-threatening outpatient treatment environment for sexual abuse victims, Senator Phil Boyle is sponsoring “Victim Safe Treatment” Bill (S.4251).  The primary purpose of this bill is to create guidelines and procedures that prevent additional victimization of sexual offense victims while receiving mental health or chemical dependence treatment.

February 4, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities  Senator David Carlucci, Chair  Tuesday, February 4, 2014  Room 816 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME OF THIS MEETING.  THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION. 

February 4, 4:27 PM - 4:34 PM
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Senator Farley Discusses Mental Health Issues

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of NAMI (Naltional Alliance for Mental Illness) on January 28th in Albany and discussed the proposed State budget as it related to mental health issues. Representatives from the Schenectady area that met with Senator Farley (seated) included (left to right) Bill DeVita, Bob Corliss, Patty, Costa and Roy Neville.

January 29, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, January 27, 2014 Room 308 LOB

January 27, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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SENATOR GALLIVAN, ASSEMBLYMAN KEARNS AND WNY DELEGATION STAND UP WITH PARENTS AND ADVOCATES TO SAVE WNY CPC IN WEST SENECA

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Assemblyman Raymond Walter, Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined with advocates and parents to decry the New York State Office of Mental Health’s proposal to close the Western New York Chrildren’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and relocate its patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in North Buffalo.

January 17, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN CONTINUES PUSH TO KEEP WNY CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER IN WEST SENECA OPEN

ERIE COUNTY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was joined by several of his Western New York senate colleagues today in calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to again reconsider the closing of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and relocating its patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in North Buffalo.

“Concerns have been raised across the state about closing and consolidating specialized mental health facilities and in recent weeks we have seen the Governor address those concerns in the Southern Tier and the North Country. I am now calling on him to take a closer look at our facility in West Seneca and to again consider the negative impact its closure could have on the very unique patients it serves – children,” Gallivan said.

December 26, 2013
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State Senators Advocating To Keep Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Open

Republican state senators from Western New York – George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Mark Grisanti and Mike Ranzenhofer – today wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to urge him to personally intervene to help save the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. Under the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Regional Centers of Excellence Plan, the WNY CPC would be closed and its staff and residents relocated to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which primarily provides inpatient, outpatient, and residential services to adults.Last week, Cuomo announced three mental health facilities in other parts of the state that were also slated for closure under the Centers of Excellence Plan will now remain open.

December 26, 2013
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Senator LaValle Calls Upon Governor To Keep Sagamore Children's Center Open

Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center is already a Regional Center of Excellence for children and adolescents with a long, proven history.

New York State has a responsibility to provide quality, compassionate care to our children in need of these critical services. Over the years, the facility has down sized considerably in an effort to control costs.  We cannot stand by and allow Long Island to be the sole region of the state without any children’s psychiatric beds.

 See the link below for the text of the letter

December 20, 2013
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