July 26, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
West Seneca, NY – The controversial stand that the New York State’s Office of Mental Health (OMH) has taken in regards to a decision to move the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) from Suburban West Seneca to the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center has caught the attention of the 2.5-million Member New York State AFL-CIO – with Labor Federation President Mario Cilento telling OMH Commissioner Dr. Anne Marie Sullivan: “We urge you to find alternatives other than ‘disinvesting in our commitment to our most vulnerable population – our children.’”
In April, the WNYCPC received yet another one-year reprieve to stay in West Seneca when the State Legislature included funding for the WNYCPC in the 2016-2017 budget, keeping it open until the end of March 2017.
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.
But the 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.
Now, the New York State AFL-CIO and its President, Mario Cilento, have gotten involved. To read more click on the following link