The Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Coalition, in partnership with Public Employees Federation Division 167, will donate hats and gloves to GA Family Services Foster Care Program, during a media event at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7. GA Family Services is located at 40 Gardenville Parkway, West Seneca, NY 14224.
“While it has been a mild winter, children still need to be bundled up to prevent winter illnesses,” said Stephanie McLean Beathley, president of PEF Local 167. “This is our 3rd year of giving back to a community that continues to join in our fight to preserve children’s mental health in West Seneca. It has been a long road, but the support of the community and our state representatives have provided us with encouragement and momentum.” The governor has announced plans to close WNYCPC and transfer the children to Four (4) floors of the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The coalition is fighting to save WNYCPC because children do not belong in the same facility as 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 facility,” said CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi. “Children require specialized care and a specialized environment. Today, 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 extremely important.”
“Children have unique needs that require unique services,” McLean Beathley said. “Children need space and support to move forward with the healing process. WNYCPC has everything the children need. As president of Local 167, we are united with the Save OUR WNYCPC coalition, our WNY delegation and brothers and sisters of CSEA and the Public Employees Federation (statewide) to ensure that our children are not locked up and tossed away.”
“WNYCPC has the lowest readmission rate of any psychiatric facility in the state,” said Tom Weston, president of CSEA’s Local 425 President. The environment at WNYCPC cannot be duplicated at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The plan to move the children to the adult facility is unacceptable.”
If you are interested in information about becoming a foster parent call GA Family Services Foster Care Program at 668-0490.
More information is available at Facebook at Save Our WNY CPC.