Issues: Mental Health

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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March 19, 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
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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. 

March 17, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

Senator Ortt discusses mental health-related topics, the New York State Budget, education and the Start-Up NY tax policy.

March 17, 2015
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March 16, 4:30 PM - 4:42 PM
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RITCHIE URGES BUDGET FUNDING TO HELP SOLDIERS WITH PTSD

Senate Budget Restores Cuts to Programs that Help Returning Fort Drum Troops

March 12, 2015
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Ortt Advocates for Mental Health Awareness Tax Check Off Bill

During a mental health news conference Wednesday, Senator Ortt spoke about the stigma tied to mental heal related issues and how to overcome that stigma. The first step, he says, is passing the tax check off bill for mental health public awareness.

March 12, 2015
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Ortt Talks About His Time so Far in Office

Senator Ortt reached out to constituents through an editorial outlining what he’s been up to in office and what his plans are for the future. Read the full article here.

March 11, 2015
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NYAPRS Legislative Day

During NYAPRS' Legislative Day, Sen. Ortt spoke about how community mental health services are essential to the recovery of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. Ortt also talked about the need to increase funding for community housing.

 

 

March 6, 2015
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NYAPRS Legislative Day; Ortt: Community Housing Needs More Funding

Sen. Ortt was a guest at NYAPRS' annual Legislative Day event to talk about mental health recovery. He spoke about how community mental health services are essential to the recovery of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.

March 6, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE AT MENTAL HYGIENE BUDGET HEARING

Senator Amedore questions OASAS Commissioner Sanchez at the Joint Budget Hearing on Mental Hygiene on February 27, 2015. 

March 6, 2015
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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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Your Voice With Senator Ortt

Senator Ortt talks about mental health, heroin addiction, and the children's psychiatric center in West Seneca.

March 3, 2015
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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 Hoylman Lauds Court Decision Ruling "Conversion Therapy" a Fraud

Hoylman: "It’s time for New York State to protect our kids and families from this abusive scam"

New York, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Yesterday's decision by a New Jersey Superior Court that so-called ‘conversion therapy’ providers are perpetrating consumer fraud is yet another reason why it’s essential that New York State ban this completely discredited and harmful practice.

“Well-meaning parents of LGBT kids are being duped by quack therapists into spending tens of thousands of dollars to ‘cure’ kids who have nothing wrong with them. As the court found, the ‘therapy’ doesn’t work because being gay isn’t a disease or disorder, it’s perfectly natural.

February 11, 2015
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February 27, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Sen. Ortt Named Chairman of Committee on Mental Health

State Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) has been named chairman of the Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos assigned various committees to each member. 

The Mental Health Committee focuses on the psychological well-being of individuals, improving mental health care services, and aiding and educating in the prevention of mental illness.

As a military veteran himself, Sen. Ortt understands the difficulties many service men and women face when returning home from combat.

January 27, 2015
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The Daily News: Senate approves package of bills to toughen penalties for sex offenders

New York state would have to notify a local municipality whenever a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

January 27, 2015
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2015 – 2016 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 26, 2015
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Senator Young Discusses New Laws and the Start of the New Legislative Session on "Your Voice"

Senator Cathy Young discusses the first actions of the 2015 legislative session. Infrastructure improvements like the Route 219 expansion project remains a priority for her. Senator Young talks about education, and virtual learning, and the need for broadband in rural areas. Her telehealth bill is now law as well as the bill she sponsored to improve mental health treatment and public protection.

January 23, 2015
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