Issues: Mental Health

Preliminary Legislative Highlights - 2015 Legislative Session

Click here for the Preliminary Legislative Highlights of the 2015 Legislative Session or download the file below.

File: 
2015 Health and Budget Highlights.pdf

July 30, 2015
Read more...

Senator Carlucci Secures State Funding for Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) Camp Venture, and Just-A-Buck will be hosted a grand opening of their new store on July 13th at the Route 202 Shopping Center in Garnerville, NY.

Through a New York State grant secured by Senator Carlucci, Just-A-Buck will employ people with disabilities to ring up and assist customers, stock shelves, and perform other duties that add to the exceptional service one receives when they shop at Just-A-Buck.

July 13, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ortt's "End of Session" Week in Review

In late June, the state Legislature finished up a lengthy and unpredictable session in Albany with a broad overall agreement on many legislative issues. With such a diverse state, regionally and politically, Senator Ortt said it was challenging to get all parties to reach an agreement. Ortt said he's encouraged that the Senate was able to come to a settlement with the Governor and Assembly, while still fighting for Western New York. To learn more about these issues, take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's Week in Review.

July 2, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ortt's Week in Review

June 23, 2015 - Take a minute to catch up on what's been happening in Senator Rob Ortt's Senate district. He rallied alongside Metro and Paratransit riders to speak out against the NFTA, supported local firefighters in a parade, cut the ribbon on a major bridge project and much more. 

July 2, 2015
Read more...

Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015
Read more...

LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO COMBAT SUICIDE AMONG SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): Noting that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24 in the United States, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent State Senate passage of a bill (S.4261) he co-sponsors to require the State Education Department (SED) and State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to develop materials focusing on suicide prevention and signs of depression among school-aged children and to provide them to educators throughout New York State.

June 15, 2015
Read more...

Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People With Special Needs and Disabilities From Abuse and Neglect

Measures Would Authorize Special Prosecutor to Prosecute Crimes Against Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers. The bill, sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), would improve the state’s ability to respond to the abuse or neglect of people with special needs by strengthening the state’s ability to prosecute crimes reported to the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

June 11, 2015
Read more...

Senate Passes Griffo's Co-Sponsored NY-SAFE Act Reforms

ALBANY – The State Senate on Monday passed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would repeal certain aspects of the so-called NY SAFE Act.

Sen. Griffo has always shared a strong belief with many constituents across his district in Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties that the Governor’s SAFE Act is a flawed and overreaching policy that was rushed into implementation in 2013 without any input from law-abiding gun owners. The law was tasked with certain authorities without knowing relevant facts at the time, and therefore Sen. Griffo believes the Senate’s vote to revise the SAFE Act is a step toward addressing some of the most egregious provisions.

June 8, 2015
Read more...

Senate passes Griffo's bill to reduce early release of most violent criminals

Legislation stems from 2011 murder of Linda Turner by Robert Blainey in North Utica motel

June 2, 2015
Read more...

Senator Sue Serino ‘Stomps Out Stigma’: Marches with Mental Health America of Dutchess County

Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) joined Mental Health America of Dutchess County and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Mid-Hudson for their ‘Stomp Out Stigma Walk’ on Saturday, May 30, 2015. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and countless community members turned out to help reverse the stigma associated with mental health and raise awareness for local programs and resources. 

June 2, 2015
Read more...

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Robert Ortt, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, June 3, 2015 Room 816 LOB

June 3, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM
Read more...

Wall Street Journal: Law Spurs Interest in Helping New Moms Deal With Depression

Today, the Wall Street Journal reported on the state's maternal depression law, the result of a bill that Sen. Krueger sponsored, along with Assembly Member Dick Gottfried.  The law increased education and access to information and screening about maternal depression for new mothers:

 

 

May 26, 2015
Read more...

Ortt Outraged by State-Funded, Booze-Filled Weekend

Audit Shows Mental Health Provider Submitted More Than $150,000 in Questionable Reimbursements

 

LOCKPORT - State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today blasted a Queens non-profit as well as the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) after an audit showed gross misuse of taxpayer funds. An audit revealed that Promoting Specialized Care and Health (PSCH), which has a five-year contract with OMH for $30 million to provide services to individuals with mental disabilities and substance abuse, spent more than $150,000 on inappropriate expenses. That included nearly $32,000 on a high-end conference at a Long Island resort including alcohol, cruises, and gifts.

May 22, 2015
Read more...

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Robert Ortt, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Room 816 LOB

May 13, 9:30 AM - 9:39 AM
Read more...

SENATOR HOYLMAN PRAISES ASSEMBLY MEMBER DEBORAH GLICK FOR PASSAGE OF BAN ON LGBT ‘CONVERSION THERAPY,’ URGES GOP TO ALLOW VOTE IN SENATE

Hoylman: “The well-being of LGBT kids throughout New York continues to be threatened until the State Senate takes action”

April 29, 2015
Read more...

Ortt Encourages NFTA to Apply For Transit Grant Program

Funding Secured by State could Help Save Bus Routes and Paratransit Lines in Jeopardy of being cut

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today is encouraging the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to apply for a transportation grant program that would help keep fixed bus routes and Paratransit services from being cut.   

April 28, 2015
Read more...

Ortt Urges NFTA to Reconsider Proposed Cuts to Metro

Plan to Discontinue Bus Routes Would Have Adverse Effect on Paratransit System  

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today is urging the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to reconsider its proposed plan to discontinue some of its fixed bus routes, which would consequently impact its Paratransit service.

April 27, 2015
Read more...

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, April 29, 2015  Room 816 LOB

April 29, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM
Read more...

Your Voice With Senator Rob Ortt

April 22, 2015 - Senator Ortt discusses the Regional Hockey Festival for Athletes and Vets with Disabilities, Funding for the Retention of District Military Bases and Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Counseling.

April 23, 2015
Read more...

Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt discusses what he's been doing throughout his district. 

April 23, 2015
Read more...
Syndicate content