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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