Each day new events are uploaded to the calendar on the NYSUT WNY website. There are hundreds of people at some of theses events and its is really fun. NYSUT is asking affiliates to join any of the pickets or rallies, that are listed on the link below.
This is the first of several short, though in many cases, life-saving success stories told by young people and their families who’ve been helped at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center over the years.
Save Our WNYCPC is a coalition of concerned patients, parents, community and elected leaders, and workers’ groups that have been fighting to stop Governor Cuomo and the state’s Office of Mental Health from closing this facility and relocating the children to the grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which is an adult facility and where they clearly do not belong.
Due to tremendous and growing support across the WNY Community, we’ve been successful in getting this misguided plan put on hold – but the plan is still out there.
Current rumors say there’s a move to reduce the number of available beds at this facility from 46 to 36 – even though there are as many as 15 children on the waiting list as of this writing.
That’s why we’re fighting to get a long-term commitment from the Governor to fully support and keep the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center where it is – and not turn away severely emotionally-needy children and their families by reducing the number of available beds while there’s a waiting list.
We ask that you please help us and send Governor Cuomo that same message. You can do so via a toll-free number that appears on our website.
We also ask that you please take the time to contact your local and state elected officials and ask them to contact the Governor in order to support keeping the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and not merge it with the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
And lastly, please consider passing this along to your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, groups and organizations – and ask them too to watch this video and then do the same. Thank You!
Click here to see how you can help
Fellow PEF Members!!!
Please consider volunteering to do some phone banking for the WNYALF endorsed candidates for the Niagara County Legislature. Se the attachment for times & locations.
PHONE BANKING FOR CHANGE
Member-to-Member Outreach Program
In Support of our
Niagara County Legislative Candidates
• Mark Grozio (3rd LD) • David Naus (11th LD) • Anthony Molinaro (12thLD) • Josh Walker (15th LD)
When: Oct. 29th – 4:30 – 8pm Oct. 30th – 4:30 – 8pm Nov. 4th – 4:30 – 8pm
Nov. 5th – 12pm - 2:30pm & 5:30-7:30pm Where: IBEW Hall Local 237
8803 Niagara Falls Blvd - Niagara Falls, N.Y
Contact: Chris Borgatti – AFSCME Political Coordinator (716) 622- 5912 - CBorgatti@AFSCME.org
I am a volunteer at the WNY Children's Psychiatric Center. I see first-hand the wonderful work being done with children, adolescents, and their families who are battling serious mental illness. Opened in 1970 WNYCPC is a 46 bed inpatient psychiatric hospital operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH) and accredited by the Joint Commission. Currently this treatment takes place on their 103,740 square foot campus in serene West Seneca, NY. Children and adolescents (ages 4-18 years old) battling serious mental health illnesses are provided the highest quality treatment which not only benefits the youth but also benefits the entire family, as all WNYCPC staff members are trained in family centered care, trauma informed therapy, and preventing and managing crisis situations. In addition, each member of all three treatment teams are trained in the specialized modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Unit 807, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Unit 805 and Sensory Modulation for Unit 806 patients.
As part of the NYS OMH's "Centers of Excellence Plan" WNYCPC is scheduled to lose 10 inpatient psychiatric care beds for children and adolescent in the Western New York Community (currently covering 19 counties). WNYCPC's inpatient children and youth will be moved to 2 inpatient wards at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center (BPC). It should be noted that WNYCPC is the only facility in this plan where children and youth are moving to co-mingle with the adult psychiatric population (sharing recreational areas such as the pool and gym). At the end of this plan there will be a devastating loss of 120 inpatient beds for seriously mentally ill children and youth, with 40 of those beds coming out of the WNY community.
We are hoping the community will contact you, Governor Cuomo, and our elected leaders in the Western New York Delegation to say that the Mental Health of our Children and Youth Matters in our Community!!!
Please Governor Cuomo "Preserve WNYCPC as a Center of Excellence for Children in West Seneca".
Hi All: See below the needs of our members in the downstate area!!!! If you want to leave your donation at the regional office, I will make sure the stuff get to the people down state. Money will be welcomed as well. I will keep you apprised of all the needs.
Thanks. KevinGood Afternoon,
We are planning on bringing more needed supplies downstate this weekend, and in the weeks to come. We know that many of your members have been anxious to help out with relief efforts. If you would like to reach out to your members to start collecting donations, we will work with you (those of you specifically in upstate locations) on arrangements to get the items so we can transport them to our members downstate.
We are hearing that residents in the Rockaways are in desperate need of clothing donations. Specifically:
-adult outerwear: winter coats, scarves, gloves and hats -all children's clothing: shirts, sweaters, pants, outerwear including mittens; underwear (new not donated). Connie, Jemma and Sheik - please let us all know what other specific items are needed.
Thanks very much,