Issues: Mental Health

Senate Democratic Leadership Appoints Two Republican Senators To Major Committee Chairmanships

Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, today appointed two Republican Senators to major committee chairmanships. Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-New City) was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Hygiene, and Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications.

January 7, 2010
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Assembly Needs to Pass Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Legislation

Several weeks ago we commemorated the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attack on our nation.  At that time, during the Senate session in Albany,  I introduced a bill which was passed by the New York State Senate which would include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the list of biologically based  mental illnesses to be covered under Timothy's Mental Health Parity Law (

October 29, 2009
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Mental Health Association Gala Dinner 2009

From Left to Right:  Patrice Ingrassia- MHA Board Vice President, Norman J. Michaels, Jr.- MHA Board President, and Senator Suzi Oppenheimer. 

October 22, 2009
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Senate Standing Committees On Insurance, Health And Mental Health AND Developmental Disabilities To Hold Joint Hearing RE: Autism

(Albany, NY)-Committed to meeting the needs of individuals and families faced with autism, the New York State Senate Standing Committees on Insurance, Health and Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will be holding a joint hearing on Friday, October 23 in Albany to explore what health insurers, the federal government, state and local governments and educational institutions are doing to meet those needs.  

October 22, 2009
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Health Insurance and Autism Disorders

SUBJECT: The role of health insurance in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to (1) explore the health care needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families; (2) explore what health insurers, the federal government, state and local governments and educational institutions are doing to meet those needs; and (3) explore whether health insurers should be mandated to provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

October 23, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Staff Report on the SFY 2008-09 Senate Budget

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2008-09 Executive Budget

Analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Staff Analysis of the SFY 2009-10 Executive Budget Vols. I & II

This analysis of the Executive Budget begins with a summary of the spending plan. It then examines an explanation of receipts and provides for Senate issues in focus. Finally, it examines appropriations and disbursements for each agency and program included in the budget. The report provides a comparison of the appropriations recommended this year with those approved last year, and an analysis of the Governor’s recommendations.

August 31, 2009
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Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study

A 2008-2009 Studio Project by Hunter College, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning

The Roosevelt Island Accessibility Study was a studio project conducted for 2008-2009 at the request of New York State Senator Jose Serrano’s office.

The report is available for download from the AccessRI page at  http://accessri.blogspot.com/.

If you have comments about the report or any aspects of the studio project, please feel free to write to:

July 28, 2009
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7/28/2009: Shema Kolainu "Hear Our Voices"

On July 28, 2009 at 8:15 am in the Renaissance Ballroom, 5902 14th Avenue, Brooklyn. Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) recieved the legislative leadership award in regards to Autism Awareness and Education.

July 27, 2009
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7/16/2009: Senate Passes S. 4938 (Huntley)

S. 4938  HUNTLEY   Same as A.

July 16, 2009
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7/16/2009: Senate Passes S. 5930 (Huntley)

S. 5930-A  HUNTLEY   Same as A. 8972-A  Weisenberg  HUNTLEY Add SS16.30 & 31.32, Ment Hyg L Relates to reporting of suspected abuse of adults in certain residential care facilities licensed or operated by the state; creates a hotline for reporting of suspected abuse.

July 16, 2009
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Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities *** Meeting Cancelled ***

 

The Committee will consider the following nominations:

Todd L. Benham, as a Member of the Mental Health Services Council

Luis R. Marcos, MD, as a Member of the Mental Health Services Council

Alvern Gelder, as a Member of the Board of Visitors of the Broome Developmental Disabilities Services Office

James H. Bopp, as a Member of the Advisory Council to the Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

June 10, 9:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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6/03/2009: Senate Passes S. 3146-A (Huntley)

S. 3146-A  HUNTLEY   Same as A. 7116-A  Rivera P  HUNTLEY, HASSELL-THOMPSON, MONSERRATE, MONTGOMERY, PERKINS, STAVISKY Amd S3, Chap 667 of 2006; add S7.43, amd S5.07, Ment Hyg L; add S483-f, Soc Serv L Amends chapter 667 of the laws of 2006 relating to providing for the establishment of a children's mental health plan, in relation to eliminating certain provisions provided therein; and amends the mental hygiene law and the social services law, in relation to implementing the children's plan. 

File: 
S. 3146A.pdf

June 3, 2009
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Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Room 804 LOB

Printed No. Sponsor Title

June 3, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Shirley Huntley, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Room 804 LOB

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May 20, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Forum

New York State Senator Shirley L. Huntley And Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith Cosponsored by Queens Centers for Progress Present A Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Forum.

June 13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Statement from State Senator Shirley L. Huntley on City Zone Idling Law

On Asthma Awareness Day it is essential that we continue to raise awareness of the adverse impacts of engine idling on those suffering from the respiratory disease," said Senator Shirley L. Huntley. "Legislation such as the city’s new School Zone Idling Law could prevent asthma attacks experienced by hundreds of students citywide. I commend the City Council for their steps to curb engine idling across the city, and urge my colleagues on all levels of government to continue the dialogue to ensure a higher quality of life for all New Yorkers."

May 5, 2009
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4/06/2009: Passed Senate, Huntley Sponsors S. 3483

S. 3483  HUNTLEY   Same as A. 7566  Rivera P  HUNTLEY, BRESLIN Rpld S29.29 sub 6, amd Ment Hyg L, generally Changes the name of the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities to the New York state developmental disabilities services office. Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

File: 
S. 3483.pdf

April 6, 2009
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