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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
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
Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Gov. Cuomo's plan to expand casino gambling in upstate New York. Photo: Oneida Nation
Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Gov. Cuomo's plan to expand casino gambling in upstate New York. Photo: Oneida Nation

Will more gambling mean more gambling addiction?

New Yorkers have a chance to vote this November on whether there should be more gambling in the state. Those who treat people with gambling addictions say it will likely result in more problem gamblers.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen Dewitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen Dewitt

Cuomo quietly pursues all kinds of consolidations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that he would close several more state prisons, using provisions of a law that allows him to by pass the legislature. It's part of a pattern of government consolidation that the governor has been quietly pursuing since he took office.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY. Photo: Lizette Haenel
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, NY. Photo: Lizette Haenel

State: no job losses for Pysch Center workers

The loss of some services at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg doesn't have to mean a loss of jobs. That's the word from New York's acting commissioner for mental health, Kirsten Woodlock.  Go to full article

Russell: O'burg losses will limit access to psych care

Local leaders say they are surprised and disappointed by the state Office of mental health's decision to close down adult and child in-patient services at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center in Ogdensburg.

In a statement yesterday, the local task force advocating to preserve the facility said, "This region... had the most to lose in this process, and though it was the most vocal and consistent in its support for its center, still lost the most."
The Task Force wants Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to review the decision, which is part of an overall plan to reorganize mental health services across the state.
New York operates 24 psychiatric hospitals. The new plan would consolidate in-patient programs at 15 centers. None of those is in the North Country.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell said the plan is a slap in the face to rural people who already have a hard time accessing mental health services: "We should be maintaining service levels here, if not expanding them."

And she agreed with the task force that the elimination of child and adult inpatient care in Ogdensburg comes as a bit of a surprise.  Go to full article
Mental health centers under the new plan. Image: New York State Office of Mental Health
Mental health centers under the new plan. Image: New York State Office of Mental Health

Local leaders weigh in on Ogdensburg Psych Center cuts

New York's Office of Mental Health passes over the St. lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg in its plan to center mental health services at 15 regional hubs across the state.

Adult and child treatment services will be moved out of Ogdensburg under the three-year plan. A secure sex offender program will remain.

The announcement came in a press release yesterday from the state office in Albany. It says the reorganization will "transform the public mental health system."  Go to full article
People gathered at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for a rally and meeting with state officials earlier this year. Photo: Julie Grant
People gathered at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for a rally and meeting with state officials earlier this year. Photo: Julie Grant

Ogdensburg Psych Center to lose under state plan

This story has been updated to reflect additional reporting.
New York is out with its plan to "transform the public mental health system."(pdf) The announcement came in a press release this afternoon from the state office of Mental Health in Albany.

Local attention has been focused on how the plan would treat the psychiatric center in Ogdensburg. According to the Watertown Daily Times, children and adult services will be moved to the Utica and Syracuse area (for a more thorough description, see page 43 of the document linked above -- the Ogdensburg facility is listed under "Central New York").  Go to full article
People gather at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for Wednesday's meeting. Photo: Julie Grant
People gather at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center for Wednesday's meeting. Photo: Julie Grant

Job losses big concern if Ogdensburg psych center closes

The state Office of Mental Health could decide as soon as Monday whether it will close the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

This week, the state held a meeting to listen to the community's comments about the center. One topic many people brought up was jobs: The Ogdensburg facility employs more than 500 people.  Go to full article
North Country leaders, citizens, and patient families listen to the state's plans for its mental health hospitals. Photo: Julie Grant
North Country leaders, citizens, and patient families listen to the state's plans for its mental health hospitals. Photo: Julie Grant

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center awaits its fate

The state plans to decide next week which mental health hospitals it's going to close, and which will be chosen as what the state's calling "Regional Centers of Excellence." That's the word from New York's Acting Commissioner for Mental Health. Kristin Woodlock wrapped up her "listening tour" of hospitals around the state in Ogdensburg on Wednesday.  Go to full article

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