Issues: Mental Health

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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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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O’Brien and Senate pass gun control overhaul

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Senate passed a bipartisan overhaul of state gun laws late last evening.  This legislation features a balanced approach that preserves Second Amendment rights while increasing restrictions on assault weapons. It also has provisions to take away licenses from individuals with mental illness who, in the opinion of mental health professionals, would pose a danger to themselves or others should they possess guns. Senator Ted O’Brien was one of 43 senators who voted “yes” on the measure.

January 17, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Stands Up for At-Risk Children in WNY, Calls for CASA Funding to be Restored in State Budget

Funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program cut for 2013, leaving at-risk children without the support they need. 

In the wake of horrible tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre, Kennedy says we need more access to mental health services for troubled young people, not less. 

Kennedy: CASA gives kids – who have no voice – a voice. You can’t put a price tag on changing the lives of young people in our community

January 16, 2013
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January 15, 2013
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Funds Available for Mental Health Programs in Schools

Children’s Institute, Inc. invites school districts, public or private elementary schools, charter schools, other public agencies, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to submit letters of intent for funding the implementation of Primary Project in New York State beginning the 2013-2014 school year. Fiscal support is contingent on funds received from New York State.

January 14, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS AND SENATOR YOUNG CALL FOR STRONGER, PERMANENT KENDRA’S LAW

In Wake of Tragic Deaths, Law Regarding Treatment of Mentally Ill Must Be Improved 

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean) today said that enacting a stronger, permanent Kendra’s Law must be a priority for the 2013 session, and should be included in any legislative agreement on gun safety.  

Their call comes in the wake of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and two fatal incidents of people being pushed in front of New York City subway trains, allegedly by people with histories of mental illness.

“The Senate is committed to acting on legislation as soon as possible to strengthen Kendra’s Law and make it permanent,” Senator Skelos said.  “We are seeing more and more horrific stories about what can happen when someone with a severe mental illness, who poses a danger to themselves and others, doesn’t receive the proper treatment.  Not only should this issue be a part of our discussions related to gun safety, but it must be part of any three-way agreement on laws to increase public safety and prevent the kind of senseless violence and death we’ve seen in the past month.”

January 4, 2013
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Senator Skelos and Senator Young Call for Stronger, Permanent Kendra's Law

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, Olean) today said that enacting a stronger, permanent Kendra’s Law must be a priority for the 2013 session, and should be included in any legislative agreement on gun safety.   Their call comes in the wake of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and two fatal incidents of people being pushed in front of New York City subway trains, allegedly by people with histories of mental illness.

January 4, 2013
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Senator Young Again Renews Call for Strengthening Kendra's Law

People with severe mental illness are falling through the cracks

ALBANY - Following the wake of the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has renewed her call for strengthening New York’s Kendra’s Law to ensure people with mental illness receive proper treatment, and vowed to push her legislation when session convenes in January.

“Obviously, Adam Lanza was a deeply disturbed person who needed help.  There is no other explanation for why he would murder 20 angelic children and the six adults who were trying to protect them,” Senator Young said.

December 19, 2012
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Senator Young Renews Call for Strengthening Kendra's Law in Wake of Latest Subway Tragedy in New York City

A similar murder in 1999 was the catalyst for the original bill

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) is again calling for strengthening Kendra’s Law, a law that was put in place to help people with mental illness receive outpatient treatment, after a deranged man killed a Queens resident by pushing him in front of an oncoming subway near Times Square. Ki Suk Han, 58, died on Monday.

December 5, 2012
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GALLIVAN HONORS NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Amherst and Warsaw

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), joined with community leaders and advocates for the disabled in Amherst and Warsaw today to celebrate the first annual “International Day of Persons With Disabilities” in New York State and to recognize the achievements that the community have contributed to the diverse fabric of New York State and Western New York.

December 4, 2012
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'PROJECT HOPE' TO PROVIDE CRISIS COUNSELING IN AREAS HARDEST HIT BY HURRICANE SANDY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an $8.2 million grant from FEMA to provide a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program called ‘Project Hope’ for New Yorkers in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy. The State Office of Mental Health (OMH) applied for the grant which will provide outreach, crisis counseling and educational services to individuals in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. As the state continues to recover from the storm, the program will receive additional funding to expand.

November 20, 2012
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Town Hall: Solitary Confinement in NY Prisons

Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Bill Perkins with a Panel Discussion and Public Dialogue on Solitary Confinement in New York State and City Prisons with state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated, and family members. Panel discussion moderated by Jean Casella, Co-Editor of Solitary Watch, with Jack Beck, Director of Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York, Dilcio Acosta, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project, and Lisa Ortega, JAC, New York City Jails Action Coalition. 

October 10, 2012
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