(BUFFALO) - Saying Winter Outerwear is a “Necessity, Not A Luxury,” the Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) Coalition – Which Includes Representatives of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the Public Employees Federation (PEF) - Gathered at the Family Help Center On Dingens Street in Buffalo This Week to Donate Hats, Gloves and Coats for Those in Need.
“In This Bitter Cold, Hats, Gloves and Coats are a Necessity, Not a Luxury,” PEF Local 167 President Stephanie McLean Beathley said. “We Know Children Often Lose Their Hats and Gloves. That’s Why the ‘Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Coalition’ Sponsored This Drive - to Make Sure Children Keep Warm During This Bitter Cold.”
The Event (Pictured Above and Below/Photos Courtesy of PEF Local 167) Also Provided the WNYCPC to Keep the Western New York Community Informed of its Efforts to Keep the Children’s Psychiatric Center in Western New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo Has Announced Plans to Close WNYCPC and Transfer Children to Two Floors of the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The Coalition Has Stepped Up to Stop the Move, Citing That “Children Do Not Belong in the Same Facility With Adults.”
“Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Opened in 1970 Because Traumatized, Emotionally Fragile Children With Severe Psychiatric Problems ‘Do Not Belong’ in An Adult Facilities,” CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi said.
“This is Wrong,” Tripi Continued. “Children Require ‘Specialized’ Care and a ‘Specialized’ Environment. WNYCPC Continues to be a State-of-the-Art Facility for Treating Children and Teens. It Provides a Safe, Welcoming, Nurturing Environment. Families are Also Welcomed and Involved in Treatment - and Family Involvement is Considered ‘Extremely Important.’”
PEF Local 167 President McLean Beathley said: “Children Have ‘Unique Needs’ That Require ‘Unique Services.’ Children Need Space and Support to ‘Move Forward’ With the Healing Process. WNYCPC Has ‘Everything’ the Children ‘Need.’ As President of Local 167, We’re United With the ‘Save Our WNYCPC’ Coalition, Our Western New York, State-Elected Delegation and Our Brothers and Sisters of the CSEA to ‘Ensure’ Our Children are ‘Not Locked Up and Tossed Away.’”
Tom Weston, Who Serves as President of CSEA’s Western New York Office of People With Developmental Disabilities Local, said: “WNYCPC Has the ‘Lowest’ Readmission Rate of ‘Any’ Psychiatric Facility in the State. The Environment at WNYCPC Cannot be Duplicated at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The Plan to Move Children to an Adult Facility is ‘Unacceptable.’”