Issues: Mental Health

DePaul Bullshead Commons Campus Open House

On Friday, June 3rd, Senator Robach had to the opportunity to attend, and speak at, an event at DePaul Bullshead Commons on West Main Street in Rochester. DePaul is a private, not-for-profit organization that is celebrating 53 years of service to our community. The new... DePaul Bullshead Commons Campus contains Halstead Sqaure, a 75-bed Community Residence - Single Room Occupancy Program, and the 14-bed Main Street Treatment Apartment Program. Both serve adults with a mental health diagnosis.

June 6, 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 11:00 AM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 124 CAP

June 6, 11:00 AM - 11:03 AM
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Prevent Elder Abuse

The State Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) aimed at preventing elder abuse through domestic violence.

May 25, 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, May 23, 2011 Room 124 Cap

May 23, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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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 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 4, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Senator Martins Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Westbury Boxing Club

On Saturday, April 9, Senator Jack M. Martins joined with Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro for a ribbon cutting ceremony at M. Phipps Sport Center, 348 Post Avenue, for the Westbury Boxing Club.

Former Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon funded the community boxing program through the PBA. It is continuing in his memory through the Dillon Cornerman Foundation, established with the help of former State Senator Michael Balboni.

“The boxing club has served the community for years. Those who have participated in it as well as the staff, trainers and board members have all done a great job in making this program one that builds self-esteem and a strong work ethic,” Senator Martins said.

April 19, 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 11, 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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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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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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March 4, 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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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Mental Hygiene"

Joint Legislative Public Hearing Notice and Testimonies for Mental Hygiene info.

March 2, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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