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Sen. Patty Ritchie is leading the fight to keep the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center open. Photo NYS Senate
Sen. Patty Ritchie is leading the fight to keep the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center open. Photo NYS Senate

Community to rally for St Lawrence Pysch Center

More than 300 people were registered to attend a meeting at the St. Lawrence psychiatric center in Ogdensburg Wednesday morning, as the New York State Office of Mental Health is making a stop on its "listening tour," as it considers changing the way mental health services are delivered.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, circa 1930
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, circa 1930

Ogdensburg leaders speak out for psych center

The state Office of Mental Health (OMH) plans a public forum this month at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. The office is considering downsizing, and even closing some of its facilities.

Leaders in Ogdensburg are speaking out: they say they want the North Country center to remain open.  Go to full article
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

SUNY-Fort Drum program to train those on the "front lines" with returning soldiers

A new program from SUNY Oswego is looking to train people who work with Fort Drum's soldiers in the basics of mental health and counseling. It's starting with a course that's being taught right now at Fort Drum, "Trauma management and stewardship."

Fort Drum is home to the 10th Mountain Division, one of the most heavily deployed units in the US. When those soldiers return home from overseas, they can suffer from a range of physical and mental problems connected to their service, like post-traumatic stress disorder, mental issues associated with bodily injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.  Go to full article
Amy Colesante, center, protests provisions of New York's new gun control law that she says unfairly stigmatize people with mental illness. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Amy Colesante, center, protests provisions of New York's new gun control law that she says unfairly stigmatize people with mental illness. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Mental health advocates find problems in NY SAFE law

Second Amendment rights advocates, who have held rallies in Albany recently, are not the only group upset with portions of the state's recently enacted gun law. Some people with developmental disabilities believe the law unfairly stigmatizes them.  Go to full article

Researchers study personalized light therapy

We're heading into some of the darkest days of the calendar year. It's an especially challenging time for people who have trouble adjusting to the increasing dark.

The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick explains that research into our individual cycle of sleeping and waking at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy may help.  Go to full article
On a USO tour at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Garry Trudeau presents a personalized cartoon to Army SGT Jason Gilbert of East Lake, OH. Photo: USO via Flickr.
On a USO tour at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Garry Trudeau presents a personalized cartoon to Army SGT Jason Gilbert of East Lake, OH. Photo: USO via Flickr.

Trudeau foundation gives vets' center a home

A foundation headed by Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau is helping jumpstart a proposed respite center for veterans in Trudeau's hometown of Saranac Lake. Trudeau has secured $125,000 to help Homeward Bound Adirondacks purchase a home in the village that was once owned by Trudeau's grandfather. The nonprofit plans to use the site to provide reintegration programs for soldiers and their families.

Organizers described the project as an important step forward in a more-than-two-year effort to make Saranac Lake a center for veteran healing.  Go to full article
Courtney Burke heads New York's Office for People with Developmentan Disabilities
Courtney Burke heads New York's Office for People with Developmentan Disabilities

Commissioner touts new protections for people with disabilities

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new state agency, designed to protect people with disabilities living in instutions or assisted-living facilities across New York.

Yesterday, Courtney Burke, who heads the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, traveled to Plattsburgh to promote the idea, which is now being considered by the state Assembly. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Project Hope helps pick up the pieces from Irene

The physical damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene has started to fade, but the emotional toll it took on the people it affected still lingers. A mental health program launched last fall aims to address those issues.

Project Hope is a program administered by the state Office of Mental Health, with help from the Mental Health Association of Essex County and the Research Foundation of Mental Hygiene. Its aim is to provide counseling services and build a support network for people whose lives were impacted by Irene, which devastated communities along the AuSable River last August.

Members of Project Hope met with town supervisors from Keene and Jay at the Keene Community Center last week. As Chris Morris reports, they're hoping to reach more people still struggling with the consequences of the flood.  Go to full article

HUD gives nearly $500,000 for homeless, mental health programs

Two North Country not-for-profit agencies will get nearly $500,000 from the Federal department of Housing and Urban Development, to fund programs for the homeless.  Go to full article
From left, St. Joseph's CEO Bob Ross, Cindy Garso of North Woods Engineering and Joe Lomonaco of Architecture Plus review the site of a proposed community residence in Saranac Lake. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise
From left, St. Joseph's CEO Bob Ross, Cindy Garso of North Woods Engineering and Joe Lomonaco of Architecture Plus review the site of a proposed community residence in Saranac Lake. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise

St. Joe's, neighbors seek compromise on vets' residence

Neighbors of St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake are concerned about plans for a new treatment facility for veterans struggling with substance abuse addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.

St. Joseph's wants to change the zoning of a vacant, 3-acre parcel of land near its main campus to accommodate the 10,000-square foot veterans' community residence. But neighbors say the zoning change, and the uses and activities associated with the project, would impact the character of the mostly residential area.

As Chris Knight reports, the two sides met late last week to talk about a compromise.  Go to full article

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