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Governor Cuomo invited local leaders and the press to a video conference at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg this afternoon. Over a television screen from Albany, with a bit of dramatic flair, Cuomo announced the St. Lawrence...
Hey, remember back when New York’s new gun law, the NY-SAFE Act, passed the legislature, and then Gov. Cuomo signed it really fast by invoking the message of necessity? A lot of people, even some who weren’t opposed to what was actually...
Those of us in St. Lawrence County have been hearing a lot lately about whether or not New York state will keep the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg open as a “Regional Center of Excellence“, or whether it will close the...
Hello hello hello! A lot from our newsroom this morning. Julie Grant reports on the ongoing questions about the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg: At a forum yesterday at the center, Acting Director of the New York State Office of Mental...
Reporter Julie Grant was in Ogdensburg today at a meeting at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center about its future. Julie’s working on a story for tomorrow morning’s 8 O’clock Hour, but she took a moment out to give me some information...
News stories tagged with "mental-health"
by Brian Mann
Mar 24, 2005 — A summer resident of Cranberry Lake died earlier this month from a rare illness known as sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Timothy Smith was sixty years old. The devastating brain ailment appears to occur randomly. But the disease is often confused with "mad cow," an illness spread by infected cattle. Smith was a part-time farmer who raised cattle. But as Brian Mann reports, health and agriculture officials say there's no indication that his herd was contaminated. Go to full article
by Greg Warner
Feb 14, 2005 — The NY Assembly Bill known as Timothy's Law would force insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they do physical health services. It's won an overwhelming majority of votes in the Assembly for several years. Now a similar bill is in the Senate. But Timothy's father says that bill doesn't deserve Timothy's name. Go to full article
Jul 15, 2004 — Mental health advocates are hoping that when the state senate returns to Albany next week, members will agree to a mental health parity bill that treats mental illness the same as physical illness. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
May 12, 2004 — Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno announced that his house will pass a mental health parity bill similar to Timothy's Law pushed by members of the Assembly and the family of Timothy O'Clair. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
May 04, 2004 — The father of a mentally ill boy who committed suicide because he lacked adequate health care will hold an all-night vigil at the Capitol this week. Tom O'Clair will mark what would have been his son's 16th birthday by asking the New York State Senate to pass Timothy's Law. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Mar 17, 2004 — Mental health advocates rallied at the State Capitol for a bill that would require health insurers to provide more extensive mental health services coverage. The measure is known as Timothy's Law, and is named after 12-year-old Timothy O'Clair, who committed suicide after a battle with depression. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Sep 11, 2003 — Mental health advocates are hoping that the New York State Senate will approve Timothy's Law when the Senate returns next week for a one-day session. The legislation extends health care benefits for people with mental illness. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 06, 2003 — State lawmakers grilled New York's Mental Health Commissioner over the proposed closure of five psychiatric hospitals. Commissioner James Stone testified at a joint hearing of the legislative budget committees. Karen Dewitt was there and has more on the story. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2002 — Community mental health care agencies say they're in crisis, because of a lack of state funding. They want Governor Pataki and the legislature to restore money for mental health services in this year's state budget. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 31, 2002 — Mental health workers rallied at the state capitol for more pay this week. They say that if the money can be found for raises for physical health care workers, then the money should be there to increase the salaries for mental health care works as well. Go to full article