Several weeks ago we commemorated the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attack on our nation. At that time, during the Senate session in Albany, I introduced a bill which was passed by the New York State Senate which would include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the list of biologically based mental illnesses to be covered under Timothy's Mental Health Parity Law (
Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, today appointed two Republican Senators to major committee chairmanships. Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-New City) was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Hygiene, and Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications.
Last week I was appointed by the Senate Majority to Chair the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, a post I held previously for a number of years. As I assume this role I am very well aware of a number of mental health priorities that need to be addressed in our state.
The New York State Senate today passed a legislative resolution, introduced by Senator Thomas P. Morahan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Disabilities, calling on Governor David Paterson to proclaim March 2010 as Spread the Word to End the Word Awareness Month in the State of New York.
The Spread the Word to End the Word movement is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics and their supporters to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.