Issues: Mental Health

March 17, 1:30 PM - 2:21 PM
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RITCHIE, CITY HALL UNVEIL PLAN TO CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AT PSYCH CENTER CAMPUS

'Land Transfer' Bill Aims to Get Unused Land Back on the Tax Rolls, Help Community Grow

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be introducing legislation next week to transfer 160 vacant acres of surplus land at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to the City of Ogdensburg as part of a long-term comprehensive program to redevelop the campus.

Senator Ritchie has been working with Ogdensburg Mayor William Nelson and City Manager John Pinkerton over the past two months to develop a plan to transform blighted properties at the 125-year-old Psychiatric Center into economic development assets to create opportunities for new jobs and growth.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE SLPC CAMPUS PLAN

The proposal was endorsed by the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force on Thursday.  The Ogdensburg City Council will consider a proposal to endorse the plan Monday.

Senator Ritchie will present the legislation to members of State Assembly and State Senate delegation representing St. Lawrence County in the state legislature on Wednesday to seek their support. Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell has announced her support for the plan.

February 21, 2014
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Tkaczyk: OMH Shortchanges Community Mental Health Reinvestment

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today disputed claims by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) about the savings to be generated from the planned downsizing of the State’s psychiatric hospital system. By underestimating those savings, the agency is shortchanging the “Community Mental Health Reinvestment Program” by millions of dollars.

The Executive Budget proposes closing 399 beds and OMH estimates annual savings per bed to be $110,000 -- a total savings of about $43 million annually.

However, holding a billing statement from the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) Senator Tkaczyk noted that the daily rate for an inpatient bed in a state psychiatric hospital is more than $1,100, yielding annual savings of $408,000 per bed.

February 13, 2014
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Tkaczyk Mental Health Reinvestment Measure Moves Through Committee

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s legislation to strengthen the State’s community-based mental health services has been reported from the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Senator Tkaczyk last year introduced the “Communities of Excellence Mental Health Reinvestment Act,” which would take money saved from consolidation of the State’s psychiatric hospital system and use it to ensure that our community-based services are appropriately funded.

Similar legislation was introduced this year by Senator David Carlucci, Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, together with Senator Tkaczyk, Ranking Democratic member on the committee, and Senator Thomas Libous, the former chair of the committee.

February 13, 2014
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Proposed Legislation to Create Guidelines for Treatment of Abuse Victims

Senator Phil Boyle sponsors bill to avoid re-traumatization of sexual assault victims by sharing treatment sessions with offenders 

February 2, 2014 - Albany, NY:  In an effort to provide a safe and non-threatening outpatient treatment environment for sexual abuse victims, Senator Phil Boyle is sponsoring “Victim Safe Treatment” Bill (S.4251).  The primary purpose of this bill is to create guidelines and procedures that prevent additional victimization of sexual offense victims while receiving mental health or chemical dependence treatment.

February 4, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities  Senator David Carlucci, Chair  Tuesday, February 4, 2014  Room 816 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME OF THIS MEETING.  THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION. 

February 4, 4:27 PM - 4:34 PM
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Senator Farley Discusses Mental Health Issues

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of NAMI (Naltional Alliance for Mental Illness) on January 28th in Albany and discussed the proposed State budget as it related to mental health issues. Representatives from the Schenectady area that met with Senator Farley (seated) included (left to right) Bill DeVita, Bob Corliss, Patty, Costa and Roy Neville.

January 29, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, January 27, 2014 Room 308 LOB

January 27, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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SENATOR GALLIVAN, ASSEMBLYMAN KEARNS AND WNY DELEGATION STAND UP WITH PARENTS AND ADVOCATES TO SAVE WNY CPC IN WEST SENECA

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, Assemblyman Raymond Walter, Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined with advocates and parents to decry the New York State Office of Mental Health’s proposal to close the Western New York Chrildren’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and relocate its patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in North Buffalo.

January 17, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN CONTINUES PUSH TO KEEP WNY CHILDREN’S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER IN WEST SENECA OPEN

ERIE COUNTY - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was joined by several of his Western New York senate colleagues today in calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to again reconsider the closing of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and relocating its patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in North Buffalo.

“Concerns have been raised across the state about closing and consolidating specialized mental health facilities and in recent weeks we have seen the Governor address those concerns in the Southern Tier and the North Country. I am now calling on him to take a closer look at our facility in West Seneca and to again consider the negative impact its closure could have on the very unique patients it serves – children,” Gallivan said.

December 26, 2013
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State Senators Advocating To Keep Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Open

Republican state senators from Western New York – George Maziarz, Patrick Gallivan, Mark Grisanti and Mike Ranzenhofer – today wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to urge him to personally intervene to help save the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. Under the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Regional Centers of Excellence Plan, the WNY CPC would be closed and its staff and residents relocated to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which primarily provides inpatient, outpatient, and residential services to adults.Last week, Cuomo announced three mental health facilities in other parts of the state that were also slated for closure under the Centers of Excellence Plan will now remain open.

December 26, 2013
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Senator LaValle Calls Upon Governor To Keep Sagamore Children's Center Open

Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center is already a Regional Center of Excellence for children and adolescents with a long, proven history.

New York State has a responsibility to provide quality, compassionate care to our children in need of these critical services. Over the years, the facility has down sized considerably in an effort to control costs.  We cannot stand by and allow Long Island to be the sole region of the state without any children’s psychiatric beds.

 See the link below for the text of the letter

December 20, 2013
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Schools Invited to Apply for Funding for Mental Health Programs

The Children's Insititute announced the Application for Funds for School Year 2014-2015 to fund new Primary Mental Health Project programs in schools.

The Primary Mental Health Project is a nationally recognized, evidenced-based program that helps children in kindergarten through third grade focus on learning, adjust to school, and gain self-confidence.

Letters of Intent are due February 7, 2014.

Please review to the attached document for applciation details and other information. 

December 20, 2013
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VIDEO: St. Lawrence Psych Center is SAVED!

Channel 7 John Moore reports on the announcement that inpatient services would remain at the St. Lawrence Psych Center.

December 20, 2013
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Cuomo administration changes course on Elmira Psychiatric Center; O'Mara praises community effort to help save local jobs, services (UPDATED, December 20):

Elmira, N.Y., December 19— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s Cuomo administration announcement on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center:

December 19, 2013
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STATEMENT ON PLAN TO SAVE ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

For the people of the North Country, the St. Lawrence Psych Center has been a “Center of Excellence” for more than 100 years.  With today’s announcement, we are ensuring it continues to play a central role in delivering that quality and compassionate care, and serving our community.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE GOVERNOR'S PRESS RELEASE WITH DETAILS OF THE NEW SLPC PLAN

CLICK HERE TO WATCH JOHN MOORE'S TV-7 REPORT

Six months ago, the state Office of Mental Health announced that it was transforming mental health services in Northern New York.  And for six months, members of this community—including clients, family members, employees and a far greater number of ordinary, concerned citizens—rallied, petitioned, organized and appealed for a better idea.

We set just three goals: maintaining inpatient mental health services in Northern New York; providing a stronger mental health safety net in our communities, and preserving and protecting critically needed local jobs.

Today, we achieved all three. With today’s announcement, we are assured that North Country families won’t have to endure an hours-long drive through dangerous winter storms to find appropriate care for our loved ones.

December 19, 2013
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Syracuse Post-Standard on Sen. Krueger's Maternal Depression Legislation

The Post-Standard's Marnie Eisenstadt reports this morning on Sen. Krueger's maternal depression legislation, which passed this year and awaits the governor's signature.

December 16, 2013
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