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...
May 14, 2014 — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg is sponsoring an exhibit that features work by people who have been treated for mental illness. The goal of the exhibit, to be displayed beginning May 19 at four locations in Ogdensburg, is to bring awareness and reduce the stigma about mental illness. Todd Moe spoke with the psychiatric center's director Tim Farrell and rehabilitation counselor Tori Lampett about the art show, "Creations in Hope". Go to full article
One of the historic buildings of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Photo: Lizette Haenel.
Nov 20, 2013 — 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
Apr 05, 2006 — Over 40 'sexually violent predators' are currenly being civilly confined in New York - held by the state after their criminal sentences are completed. Governor Pataki cleared two major hurdles in his effort to build a permanent civil confinement facility at the St Lawrence PSychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, as well as other sites around the state. Lawmakers approved the measure in the budget. And last week an appellate court ruled that the legislation, similar to that in over a dozen other states, is legal. The union that represents workers at St Lawrence Psychiatric Center has endorsed the project, as have corrections officer's unions. Even residents opposed to the plan agree the issue is settled.
Still, about 50 people came to a special town hall meeting in Ogdensburg last night to get their questions heard. 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