August 10, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
West Seneca, New York – The Save Our WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) is criticizing the New York State Office Of Mental Health (OMH) and its commissioner, Dr. Anne Sullivan, for distributing what it describes as “patently false information” regarding a state plan to consolidate the West Seneca children’s facility into the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
The group is taking issue with OMH Commissioner Sullivan’s comments that were contained an a letter of reply to New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, which the group has provided to WNYLaborToday.com, along with rundown list of OMH allegations and WNYCPC’s rebuttals – which it has tagged as realities – in order to set the record straight.
“We feel there were a number of ‘disingenuous’ statements made by Dr. Sullivan in her reply letter to State AFL-CIO President Cilento, so we’ve decided to provide (WNYLaborToday.com) with a ‘point-counterpoint’ rundown,” Dave Chudy – a New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) Retiree and coordinator of the group Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (http://saveourwnycpc.org/index.htm) – told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper.
The controversial stand the OMH continues to take in regards to a decision it has made to move the WNYCPC from Suburban West Seneca to the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center recently caught the attention of the 2.5-million Member New York State AFL-CIO – with Labor Federation President Cilento telling OMH Commissioner Sullivan in a letter: “We urge you to find alternatives other than ‘disinvesting in our commitment to our most vulnerable population – our children.’” (WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: For More, Read Your On-Line Labor Newspaper’s July 25th Report, Headlined: The New York State AFL-CIO ‘Stands Up’ For The WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center – President Cilento Tells NYS Office Of Mental Health ‘Not To Move’ Facility To Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center Campus)
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. To read more click on the following link