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Senator McDonald Explains PTSD Program Funding in the 2012-2013 State Budget

Senator McDonald explains the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program to help returning combat Veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by offering a Veteran-to-Veteran peer counseling pilot program.

McDonald joined with Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) in including $800,000 of funding for the program in the Senate's one house budget which eventually became part of the 2012-2012 State Budget.

The program will be implemented in the Counties of: Jefferson, Saratoga, Suffolk and Rensselaer.

April 2, 2012
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Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 43

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 43rd Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Nicholas Amodeo

Grade: 3

April 1, 2012
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Senator McDonald Discusses the 2012-2013 New York State Budget

"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."

March 28, 2012
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Public Hearing: "Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic "Mental Hygiene"

Mental Hygiene

Hearing Room A

Assembly

Senate

  Felix Ortiz (Co-Chair)

Roy McDonald (Co-Chair)

Harvey Weisenberg

William Larkin

March 26, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM
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Public Hearing: "Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Mental Hygiene"

Mental Hygiene

Hearing Room A

Assembly

Senate

  Felix Ortiz (Co-Chair)

Roy McDonald (Co-Chair)

Harvey Weisenberg

William Larkin

March 22, 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Joint Legislative Public Hearing on 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal: Topic " Mental Hygiene "

Mental Hygiene

Hearing Room A

Assembly

Senate

  Felix Ortiz (Co-Chair)

Roy McDonald (Co-Chair)

Harvey Weisenberg

William Larkin

March 19, 4:00 PM - 4:22 PM
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McDonald Named 2012 Legislative Champion by National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYS

Albany - Senator Roy McDonald was recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - New York State as the 2012 Legislative Champion for his work as Chairman of the New York State Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee.

"It's an honor to be recognized by such an outstanding organization that works diligently to help individuals with mental illness and their families. Our job as elected officials is to assist these organizations in their efforts and make sure that individuals are able to come their mental health issues. I'm humbled to recieve this award but must also make sure to note that this is a team effort," said Senator McDonald.

March 14, 2012
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March 14, 12:30 PM - 12:44 PM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 14, 9:30 AM - 9:47 AM
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Room 124 CAP

March 7, 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM
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Submit your PTSD Hearing Testimony

Please submit your written testimony for Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Lee Zeldin's (R-Shirley) public hearing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in combat Veterans. Your input will help us to gain information on PTSD in order to improve early diagnoses, increase access to treatment, and provide crisis and support services.What is PTSD? Why does it occur? When does it occur? What are the symptoms? What is the Screening Process? What steps are there for early intervention? What is course of treatment? What is the prevalence of PTSD in New York State Veterans?

February 23, 2012
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Public Hearing: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Chair: Senator Roy J. McDonald
Sponsors: Senator Roy J. McDonald and Senator Lee M. Zeldin
Public Hearing: To solicit information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat
Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Contact: Sharon Carpinello (518) 455-2381
Media Contact: Mike Veitch (518) 455-2381
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

 

February 29, 10:00 AM - 1:18 PM
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Senator McDonald Votes to Approve DNA Databank Expansion

February 1, 2012 - Key Measure Will Help Solve Crimes and Combat Sexual Predators

Albany - Senator Roy McDonald announced today that the New York State Senate has approved legislation to implement the largest expansion of the state's DNA databank since it was first created in 1994. The expansion will help law enforcement close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.

"Giving law enforcement officials the tools necessary to prevent crime and catch criminals is key to keeping our communities safe," said Senator McDonald.

February 1, 2012
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Let's Keep NY Safe -- Join the Fight

Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide j

February 1, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, January 23, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 23, 11:00 AM - 11:03 AM
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McDonald Tours BOCES Industry First Program with Congressman Gibson (NY-20)

Satatoga Springs - Senator Roy McDonald joined Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20), Assemblyman Tony Jordan and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco on a tour of the programs offered in the Industry First Campaign presented by the Washington, Saratoga, Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES.

The Industry First campaign is a collaborative effort of regional business and industry leaders that is supported by members of education, the workforce and economic development. The goal of the campaign is to bring greater focus to what industry partners need as far as skilled labor and call attention to the skills gap and the need to train more individuals in these fields. Industry First will also foster a closer link between students, adult learners and employers. 

January 13, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator Roy McDonald, Chair 11:00 AM, Monday, January 9, 2012 Room 123 CAP

January 9, 11:00 AM - 11:02 AM
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McDonald Announces Suicide Prevention Awareness Effort

January 5, 2012 - Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) wants people to know that there are outlets to help them through difficult times and that suicide is preventable. One such outlet is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a toll-free telephone number that connects the caller to a certified crisis center near to where the call is placed.

January 5, 2012
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