Issues: Mental Health

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

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

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
March 4, 2011

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

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

Senator Seward Receives Key Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/11/11 – 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 2011 – 2012 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS Insurance – chair, Agriculture,  Education, Finance,  Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 11, 2011

Senator Oppenheimer Hosts Caregiver Support Seminar at White Plains High School

On October 13, 2010, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) sponsored a free caregiver seminar in the Atrium of White Plains High School. The event featured experts from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) who offered tips and techniques for taking care of loved ones and preventing caregiver burnout.

White Plains School Superintendent Christopher Clouet welcomed the audience and introduced the Senator, saying “Senator Oppenheimer has the vision to bring community members together to discuss and strategize on the delicate issues facing caregivers. The school district is delighted to host this important event.”

October 14, 2010
November 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Healthcare Update Newsletter: Effects of Healthcare Reform Legislation

I know how confusing healthcare insurance issues can be, and in times like these, with new Federal legislation, these issues can get even more complicated. My office has received a great many calls from constituents seeking assistance in navigating issues of access to healthcare and in dealing with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. As New York State moves toward implementing Federal healthcare reform, there are many new questions about what changes to expect. This newsletter is an effort to address some of these questions.

Please see attached newsletter.

Healthcare Mailer 9.2010.pdf

September 21, 2010

Health Fair in Ozone Park

Come join us at this FREE Health Fair at Nativity BVM Church. There will be many different health organization present to test you and provide information on many different topics. Call 718-738-1111 for more information.

September 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NYS Senator Eric Adams Announces Passage of His Veterans Mental Health Act (S7961)


NYS Senator Eric Adams announces passage of S7961, his Veterans Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Act, to improve health care for NYS veterans

June 28, 2010

New York Legislature Passes Landmark Bill Extending Healthcare Coverage for Autistic Patients


Oppenheimer co-sponsored bill now awaits Governor’s approval

The New York State Legislature passed legislation protecting families and children affected by autism spectrum disorders from exorbitant healthcare costs.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was a key co-sponsor of the legislation (S7000B), which passed the Senate on June 9th, with unanimous, bipartisan support.  Earlier this week, the Assembly passed the bill, which will now be sent to the Governor for his approval.

June 25, 2010
June 24, 2010

Senator Espada on Kendra's Law

Senator Espada speaks in support of Kendra's Law, and shares a personal story.

June 22, 2010

Kendra’s Law Passes Senate

Majority Extends Mental Health & Public Protection Program Through 2015

The Senate Democratic Majority announced the passage of legislation (S7254) to keep Kendra’s law, an important mental health and public protection program fully operational through 2015.

The law had been set to expire at the end of this month.

June 18, 2010

Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chair Monday, June 21, 2010 OFF THE FLOOR

June 21, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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