NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo: Preserve WNY Children's Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) as a Center of Excellence in West Seneca for WNY Children, Youth and their Families Battling Serious Mental Illness

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo: Preserve WNY Children's Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) as a Center of Excellence in West Seneca for WNY Children, Youth and their Families Battling Serious Mental Illness

    1. Petition by

      jessica noack

      United States

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".

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Preserve WNY Children's Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) as a Center of Excellence in West Seneca for WNY Chilldren, Youth and their Families Battling Serious Mentall Illness

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. We receive funding to keep WNYCPC in West Seneca, NY until April, 2015.

      jessica noack
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this petition with your friends, families and colleagues. WNYCPC must remain a free standing "Center of Excellence for Children, Youth and Families" batting serious mental illness. Please help us persuade our Honorable Governor Andrew Cuomo that children and youth flourish in their own therapeutic setting and that we need all 46 inpatient beds for our children and adolescents from our 19 counties. Thank you!!!!

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    • Ashley Harper EVANS MILLS, NY
      • 7 days ago

      This is important to me because I think we need places like this for children. Seeing what services they provide and the good they do for children is amazing. By shutting down such a great place and moving children where adults are, is absolutely poses risk to the children receiving proper treatment and avoiding backtracking into old habits. A facility such as the Buffalo Psych Center isn't made for proper development and improvement for children. I really hope that others can see the good that not only the Children's Psych Center does, but what their wonderful workers contribute to these children every day. There aren't more caring people than the one's that work with these kids, and you can tell how caring they are by the gratitude the children show when they leave.

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    • Constance Jennings BUFFALO, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      WNYCPC is in a perfect spot right now for the kids. Two of my grandsons went there twice and were helped immensely. The children are in a protected, quiet, safe area. My kids have been in many other facilities but none compared to the WNYCPC because of both the staff and the building and grounds.

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    • Christa Heckathorn FRANKLINVILLE, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      My daughter (prior to us adopting her) spend some time at WNYCPC.

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    • Jean Oliverio ELLICOTTVILLE, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I was told about this issue from a former recipient of excellent care there

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    • Brian Crawford ALLEGANY, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      With great power comes the responsibility to help those who can't yet help themselves.

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