Issues: Mental Health

Pawsitive for Heroes

Non-profit organization WNYHeroes stopped by Sen. Ortt’s office to talk about some of its successful programs, including the  “Pawsitive for Heroes” program where service dogs help veterans cope with PTSD, or any related mental health illness.   

April 14, 2015
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Senators Ortt, Young, Funke, and Croci Announce $4.6 Million in Additional Funding for Rape and Sexual Violence Programs

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, New York State Senators Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda), Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean), Rich Funke (R,C,I – Fairport), and Thomas Croci (R – Sayville) today announced that they succeeded in securing an additional $4.6 million in funding in the 2015-16 state budget to help victims of rape and sexual violence.

The Senators led a bipartisan group of members from the Republican and Independent Democratic Conferences in efforts to secure a total of nearly $6.5 million in state funding for rape crisis services for victims and programs that prevent sexual assault.

April 14, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Drops the Puck at Disabled Veteran’s Hockey Game

As part of the 11th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival, State Senator Rob Ortt helped to kick off one of the games by dropping the puck onto the ice. The event honors our heroes and is organized by the Sled Hockey Foundation. The four day festival is reportedly the largest disabled hockey event of its kind in the world with more than 1,000 athletes from around the country playing a total of 147 games. Read more about the event and watch the news clip on TWCNews and WGRZ.

 

 

April 13, 2015
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Ortt: Budget Assists Mental Health, Disabilities

As Chairman, Ortt Sees Progress on Key Issues

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) said this year’s state budget will assist those facing mental illness and disabilities. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ortt said issues raised by individuals, families, and advocacy groups were central to his approach to the budget.

April 12, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Urges State to Reconsider Plan to Phase Out Sheltered Workshops

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and in support of the disability community and sheltered workshops in his district, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities to protect the workshops from closure. This is the full text of the letter Ortt sent last week to the Governor’s office and Kerry A. Delaney, acting commissioner of the OPWDD in Albany.

April 8, 2015
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Independent Living of Niagara County 2015 Policy Maker Event

Senator Ortt took time Saturday to listen to the needs of the disabled community at Independent Living of Niagara County. He was able to see first-hand the many empowered individuals living fulfilling, independent lives.

April 4, 2015
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Alzheimer's Association Receives Unprecedented State Grant

The Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter received a state grant of an unprecedented amount - $50 million over the next two years. The organization's executive director Leilani Pelletier (right) wanted to formally thank Senator Ortt at a press conference Friday.   

April 3, 2015
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SERINO ENSURES BUDGET DELIVERS FOR 41st

SERINO ENSURES BUDGET DELIVERS FOR 41st

ALBANY, NY— Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) proudly announced that the new State Budget for 2015-16 will include almost $5 million dollars in critical funding that will help hold the line on taxes in Dutchess County and support critical services for our some of our most vulnerable citizens.

March 30, 2015
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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. Read the Lockport Journal article by clicking on this link.

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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