June 15, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
West Seneca, NY – Lost in the shuffle of a number of high-profile Labor events, actions and Strikes over the past several weeks was news that the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) – which has been targeted for merger with the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center, had received yet another one-year reprieve to stay in West Seneca.
However, for representatives from the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the Public Employees Federation (PEF), who’ve been part of an overall effort by a number of groups and elected officials that have joined together in an effort to keep the Children’s Psychiatric Center exactly where it is – the goal now is to bring about a “permanent solution” after three straight, one-year reprieves.
“I’m ‘disappointed and frustrated’ – but it’s ‘better than it closing,’” Dave Chudy – a PEF Retiree and Coordinator of the group – Save Our WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center, recently told WNYLaborToday.com. “We’re continuing to push for a ‘long-term solution.’ We’re ‘not going to give up.’ It’s a ‘war of attrition.’”
However, the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) still stands firm on its mission to downsize the number of psychiatric centers in the state – which was first unveiled back in July 2013 and when all learned of its plan to move WNYCPC and incorporate it into the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center, despite continued public and patient backlash that there’s no real need to move the Children’s Center from its sprawling, wooded and tranquil base of care in rural West Seneca into a urban location where adults are also housed. To read more click on the following link