Senator Roy McDonald honors Mary Jean Coleman, M.S.W. as the reipient of the Edgar Francis (Eddie) Reed Suicide Prevention, Advocacy and Leadership Award. Mrs. Coleman is the National Director of Field Programs and the Regional Director for Upstate New York for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, she is a dedicated advocate helping individuals in need along with spreading awareness about suicide prevention.
Senator McDonald discusses a New York State Senate Resolution establishing the Thomas P. Morahan Annual Leadership Award in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Glen Liebman was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the award, on Wednesday, May 30, for his dedication to education the public about mental illness and mental health. Mr. Liebman serves as the CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS).
Senator Roy McDonald outlined the concerns associated with protecting vulnerable populations from abuse and neglect before a round table discussion he hosted with industry experts, care providers and advocates on April 23, 2012.
"I think the public has been the driving force, the nineteen and a half million people said no more we're not going back to those old days of August budgets that didn't balance and I'm proud to be apart of this team."
On March 19 & 26 Senator Roy McDonald hosted a budget public hearing in Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties, inviting community members to attend and share their thoughts and concerns on the state budget.
Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee, Senator Roy McDonald was joined by Chairman of the Assembly Mental Health Committee Felix Ortiz, along with Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. The legislators discussed a recent NY Times investigative report that outlined allegations of abuse at OPWDD group homes.
Assemblyman Mike Spano (D,C,WF-Yonkers) and Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) announced the introduction of legislation that would require all health insurance policies and medical assistance programs to cover the cost of hearing aids for children under 16 years old with severe or progressive hearing loss (S.3379/A.4339).
Troy – Senator Roy McDonald worked the night shift with members of the Troy Police Department on Friday, February 11. McDonald joined Chief Tedesco and expierienced first-hand the great work done by the men and women of the Troy Police Department.
Senator McDonald discusses the importance of a guaranteed meet for 2011 at the Saratoga Racetrack with NYRA President Charles Hayward at the Senate Racing, Wagering & Ganming public hearing on the future of racing. (2-7-2011)