Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Mental Health & Hygiene

February 02, 2010

New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will conduct a joint budget hearing to examine the full fiscal consequences—including proposed cuts—of the Governor’s mental health and hygiene budget on critical programs throughout the state.


When: February 3 @ 9:30 A.M.


Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building


Expected to Testify:

NYS Office of Mental Hygiene: Commissioner Michael F. Hogan


NYS Office of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities: Commissioner Diana Jones Ritter


NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services: Commissioner Karen Carpenter-Palumbo


Onondaga County Department of Health: Commissioner Robert C. Long


Mental Health Association of NYS: CEO Glenn Liebman


National Alliance on Mental Illness: Executive Director Nancy Breenlamb


Federation of Mental Health Centers: President Dr. John Rossland


NY Association of Psychiatric Rehab Services: Executive Director Harvey Rosenthal


NYS Rehabilitation Association Inc.: President  & CEO Jeff Wise


Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS: President & CEO Susan Constantino


Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers of NYS: Executive Director John Coppola


Supportive Housing Network of New York: Executive Director Ted Houghton


Families Together in NYS: Executive Director Paige Pierce


Citizens Committee for Children: Sr. Policy Associate Joan Siegel


Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services: Director of Public Policy & Government Relations Carmen Collado


NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare: Executive Director Lauri Cole


Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies: Senior Associate for Policy Jason Lippman


Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities Legal Advocacy Project: Staff Attorney Christine Waters


Association for Community Living: Executive Director Toni Lasicki


Corporation for Supportive Housing: Ryan Moser


The Direct Support Professional Alliance of NYS: Co-President Joseph Macbeth


Friends of Recovery NY: President Laura Elliott-Engel


Self-Advocacy Association of NYS: Projects Assistant Shameka Andrews


Alliance of Long Island Agencies: Coordinator Margaret Raustiala


Hearing will be streamed live online at


** For a full calendar of joint budget hearings visit: