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News stories tagged with "mental-health"

Seasonal Resident Dies of Rare Brain Ailment

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

Lawmakers Disagree On Timothy's Law

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

Mental Health Advocates Press for Parity Bill

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

Bruno Vows to Pass a Mental Health Parity Bill

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

Mental Health Advocates Urge NY to Pass "Timothy's Law"

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

Mental Health Advocates Rally in Albany

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

Mental Health Advocates Push Passage of Timothy's Law

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

Lawmakers Question Proposal to Close State Psychiatric Hospitals

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

Mental Health Agencies Ask State for More Money

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

Mental Health Workers Left out of State Pay Hikes

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

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