Issues: Mental Health

SENATOR RITCHIE UNVEILS WEBSITE, ONLINE PETITION TO SUPPORT ST. LAWRENCE PSYCH CENTER

Urges Public to ‘Speak Out’ and Share Views on Center that Employs 500 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with community leaders to announce creation of a new website and online petition to support St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, which is facing possible state cutbacks.

May 7, 2013
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RITCHIE TO ALBANY: LET US BE HEARD ON ST. LAWRENCE PSYCH'S FUTURE

Senator Objects to 2-hour “Listening” Limit; Urges Community Turnout

May 6, 2013
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Public Hearing: To look at the implementation and impact of the mental health requirements in the NY SAFE Act

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: To look at the implementation and impact of the mental healthrequirements in the NY SAFE ActPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Sarah Bangs (518) 455-2991Media Contact: Jason Elan (845) 623-3627ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 31, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH LOCAL LEADERS ON ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with community leaders and union representatives about their plans to advocate on behalf of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center at the New York State Office of Mental Health Listening Tour on May 15th  at the facility’s Unity Center.

The group is urging supporters of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to register to attend the public meeting that will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m on May 15th.  Those wishing to sign up to speak may do so here.

May 3, 2013
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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 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Room 816 LOB

May 8, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator David Carlucci, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Room 816 LOB

April 24, 9:33 AM - 9:40 AM
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March 14, 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
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Tkaczyk Calls for Strengthening of Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, called on the Senate leadership to strengthen and provide adequate funding for the for the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act. Tkaczyk noted that community-based services are less expensive for taxpayers and more effective for recipients than is institutional care.

March 13, 2013
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March 7, 2013
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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 9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Room 816 LOB

March 6, 9:30 AM - 9:44 AM
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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SENATOR CARLUCCI JOINS ADVOCATES, DOCTORS TO CALL FOR RESTORING PRESCRIBER PREVAILS TO NEW YORK MEDICAID BUDGET

VALLEY COTTAGE, NY  – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today was joined by a coalition of mental health advocates, physicians and patients that called on Governor Cuomo to reinstate “prescriber prevails” for atypical antipsychotics in the 2013-2014 state budget. The group also urged the Governor and Legislature to restore “prescriber prevails” for all drug classes in the Medicaid budget.

February 22, 2013
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SENATOR CARLUCCI JOINS ADVOCATES, DOCTORS TO CALL FOR RESTORING PRESCRIBER PREVAILS TO NEW YORK MEDICAID BUDGET

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator David Carlucci today was joined by a coalition of mental health advocates, physicians and patients to call on Governor Cuomo to reinstate “prescriber prevails” for atypical antipsychotics in the 2013-2014 state budget via the 21-day amendments. The group also urged the Governor and Legislature to restore “prescriber prevails” for all drug classes in the Medicaid budget.

February 4, 2013
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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 11:00 AM, Monday, February 4, 2013 Room 816 LOB

February 4, 11:00 AM - 11:08 AM
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/29/13 – 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 2013 – 2014 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 29, 2013
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Senator Parker Addresses Mental Health Issues in New York State

                                                              For Immediate Release: January 29, 2013

 Senator Parker Addresses Mental Health Issues in New York State

Parker introduces a legislative package addressing the needs of the individuals affected by mental illness

January 29, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI ON BEING NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE

“There is no higher calling than having the chance to advocate for the welfare and well-being of all New Yorkers, especially those with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.  So many rely on having access to quality services and programs, and we have an obligation as public servants to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.   As Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee, I will continue to fight for better access and care for all individuals. 

January 27, 2013
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