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The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.
The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Young farmers, Ogdensburg get help in state budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie says the new state budget will help young farmers just getting started. The deal includes one million dollars for grants to help beginning farmers start or expand an agricultural business.  Go to full article
Saved. The task force sold T-shirts to lead the effort to save jobs and services at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdenbsurg. Photo: David Sommerstein
Saved. The task force sold T-shirts to lead the effort to save jobs and services at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdenbsurg. Photo: David Sommerstein

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center will become "center of excellence"

Big news for Ogdensburg, and the North Country's network of mental health services. The St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center will not close as planned earlier this year by the state Office of Mental Health.
Key services will be retained, as will hundreds of jobs.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the news yesterday in a video conference. He said the old psychiatric hospital's focus will shift as it becomes a regional Center of Excellence.
Under the new plan, there will be a small reduction in the number of inpatient beds. But new programs will be added.  Go to full article
The Family Counseling Service is the second Watertown health care nonprofit to get a financial bailout in recent months. Photo: Joanna Richards
The Family Counseling Service is the second Watertown health care nonprofit to get a financial bailout in recent months. Photo: Joanna Richards

Counseling service latest Watertown health care provider to get a lifeline

The North Country Family Health Center, in Watertown, is still working to gain long-term financial stability after nearly closing in October. Now, another Watertown health care provider is getting a bailout to stay afloat. This time, it's Family Counseling Service of Northern New York.  Go to full article

Books: "Dawn of Memories: The Meaning of Early Recollections in Life"

For over a century, first memories have been the subject of hundreds of investigations and academic studies. The age of a person's earliest recollections, the content of those memories and various other topics are of enduring interest to lots of people. Experts say early recollections yield deep insights into an individual's personality and ways of perceiving life.

In his new book, Dawn of Memories, St. Lawrence University professor Arthur Clark focuses on tapping into strengths and "an awareness of potentialities" that emerge from early recollections. Clark spoke with Todd Moe about his latest book and how early recollections can influence us throughout life.  Go to full article
Ogdensburg City hall with a clear message. Photo: David Sommerstein
Ogdensburg City hall with a clear message. Photo: David Sommerstein

Task force presses Cuomo to rethink Ogdensburg Psych cuts

Today, a couple dozen North Country leaders packed in vans headed to Albany. It's their big chance to meet with Governor Cuomo's staff about the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. They're making the case the state should invest in the mental health hospital in Ogdensburg, not shut it down. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
One of the historic buildings of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Photo: Lizette Haenel.
One of the historic buildings of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Ritchie co-sponsors bill to delay psych center closure

A group of Republican lawmakers wants to delay the state's plan to close nine mental health centers in New York, including the psych center in Ogdensburg. State Senator Patty Ritchie is co-sponsoring a bill that would freeze the plan until 2015.  Go to full article

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US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved

Schumer: VA needs better mental health services

Senator Charles Schumer says better communication between police and Veterans Affairs could have prevented last week's Navy Yard shooting.

Police say Navy veteran Aaron Alexis had previously been involved in shooting incidents and showed signs of mental illness. But the V.A. was told about those incidents.

Alexis is accused of killing 12 people at the Washington D.C. base.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY. Photo: Lizette Haenel
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY. Photo: Lizette Haenel

Legislature to hold hearing on future of Ogdensburg psychiatric center

New York's Office of Mental Health plans to close 65 inpatient beds at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

It's part of a larger plan to reshape the state's mental health care system, downsizing some, and expanding others to create what the state calls "centers of excellence." And in the Ogdensburg area, it's sparked angry opposition.

The state legislature is holding hearings in communities affected by the plan -- including one in Ogdensburg tomorrow.  Go to full article
Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant
Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant

What NY reform means for Ogdensburg mental health care

Advocates for people with mental illness in rural New York are concerned about the changes announced recently by the state. The New York State Office of Mental Health plans to close 65 inpatient beds at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

North Country residents who need long-term hospitalization could be sent to Syracuse or Utica for care, to what the state is calling "Regional Centers of Excellence."

The Office of Mental Health says the state will provide more money for outpatient services in the North Country.  Go to full article

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