Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center

Community and Political Supporters

You can call a dog a duck, but it doesn’t make it a duck. The governor of our great state is still holding fast to the lack of wisdom behind his decision to close the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (CPC) in West Seneca.

Letter: Closure does more harm to mentally ill children Published: Mar 15, 2016 | Via The Buffalo News

The decision to close the children’s facility in West Seneca boils down to politicians and Albany bureaucrats bowing to special interest groups that want smaller government at any cost – even if that means putting our most vulnerable children in harm’s way.

Another Voice: Moving children’s mental health services is poor public policy Published: Jan 07, 2016 | Via The Buffalo News

Cost savings in this move seem to be an arguable point, especially when you already have a staffed facility in a very peaceful setting. There are a lot of areas to cut spending in government, however, when it comes to human services, we seem to take that budget cut a little too deep.

Letter: Young psychiatric patients should stay in West Seneca Published: Dec 15, 2015 | Via The Buffalo News

Sports in our region are very important, to all of us. However, if readers could show a sliver of that compassion and support for something that really matters – helping to halt the planned loss of quality mental health services for kids in need – perhaps the award-winning center might not be under attack.

Letter: We must rally to preserve children’s psychiatric unit Published: March 18, 2015 | Via The Buffalo News

It should not be about saving money rather than helping our children in need, but sadly it is. As a social worker for many years, I’ve had the experience of working with individuals and families at both the Buffalo Psychiatric Center and the Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. There is a drastic difference in these facilities and in treatment modalities for adults and children.

Letter: We have to fight to preserve Children’s Psychiatric Center Published: March 11, 2015 | Via The Buffalo News

The children will be leaving a state-of-the-art, award-winning facility with fresh air and a countryside setting. The entire psychiatric center is enclosed by a college on one side and a "boutique" hotel on the other. The staff of both facilities are opposed to the merger. How does this bode for success?

Letter from Marcy Rose, President NAMI of Buffalo Published: March 2015

Moving the youth patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center would be detrimental to their treatment.

A letter from Senator Patrick M. Gallivan to New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos urging opposition to the Governor's cut in beds in OMH. Published: Feb 24, 2015

Children were moved out of adult psychiatric centers 50 years ago because it was found to be beneficial or therapeutic to have youth patients, many of whom are victims of physical and sexual abuse, living among the adult patients.

A letter from Senator Robert G. Ortt to Senator Skelos, Senator DeFrancisco, Governor Cuomo, and Commissioner Sullivan about the proposed 2015-16 Executive Budget Office of Mental Health recommendations to decrease the number of State-operated psychiatric center inpatient beds by 137 in 2016 Published: Feb 24, 2015 | Via the New York State Senate

Mental health care professionals will all tell you the same thing: Early, accurate diagnosis and appropriate early treatment are key factors in determining positive outcomes. Relocating at-risk kids from a safe secure environment to an adult facility is punishment, not treatment. It is just setting them up for a lifetime of institutions and jails.

Another Voice: Planned closing of Children’s Psychiatric Center is a dangerous bid to cut costs Published: March 13, 2014 | Via The Buffalo News

After our own County review, we feel that this change of location may ultimately be detrimental to these children. Thus, we cannot support the decision to transfer these services — and these children — to a facility that we feel, likely, cannot offer the same level care of attention as current facility can.

A Letter From Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in Support of Keeping the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. Published: March 10, 2014

I also have the experience of having been hospitalized at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. While there are those who argue that it’s fine that children will be placed on different floors than adults, I have to respond, “Have you ever been there?”

Another Voice: Children will be harmed by move to adult facility Published: Feb 18, 2014 | Via The Buffalo News

When will this governor return to reason and common sense?

Email Governor About Psych Center Published: Feb 13, 2014 | Via The West Seneca Bee

Time is running out on the existence of the award-winning and well-renowned Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca.

Keep Psych Center in West Seneca Published: Feb 13, 2014 | Via The West Seneca Bee

State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, rallying support for these services to remain in West Seneca, said it best when he pointed out: “You shouldn’t mess with success.” Moving children in need of psychiatric care to a facility with adults afflicted with chronic psychiatric illness will leave them wondering: “Is this what my life will be? Where is my hope?” Cease and desist this merger plan, governor. Let the children remain in their present environment, which fosters hope and success.

Letter: Young patients need West Seneca facility Published: Jan 30, 2014 | Via The Buffalo News

Though now retired from the social work field, I worked for a number of years in a private treatment clinic addressing the needs of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. The News is to be commended for publicizing the threatened closing of the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center (CPC) as its coverage underscores the crucial public service that the facility provides.

Letter: Children, adults need to be treated separately Published: Jan 23, 2014 | Via The Buffalo News

Mentally ill children need separate facility. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided to close the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (CPC) in West Seneca and merge the children into the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center in Buffalo, putting children into harm’s way. To Cuomo, our ill children are dollar signs on a state budget sheet.

Letter: Mentally Ill Children Need Separate Facility Published: Jan 1, 2014 | Via The Buffalo News

It made the news recently when Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed numerous times by his 24-year-old son, Gus, who then killed himself. Less than 24 hours before the family tragedy occurred, Gus had been turned away from a hospital in Virginia because there were no psychiatric beds available. Sadly, what happened to the Creigh family is not an isolated incident. Hospitals across our country have eliminated psychiatric beds to the point where 95 percent of the nation’s public psychiatric beds have disappeared. As a result, many families with loved ones experiencing psychiatric crisis are left without the treatment they need.

State Must Carefully Craft Mental Health Care Plan Published: Dec 3, 2013 | Via The Buffalo News

Children have different psychiatric needs than adults. Children are still growing and must go through development skills, in addition to getting their education and preparing for the adult world. This requires children and teens to be treated and supported apart from adults...

Young Psychiatric Patients Don't belong With Adults Published: Nov 13, 2013 | Via The Buffalo News

To place children near adults — as proposed under the Center for Excellence plan for Western New York — is unenlightened and would create a regression for many of these families in treatment, while simultaneously creating potential safety risks for loved ones with psychiatric illness.

Letter To Governor Coumo 11-13-13 Published: Nov 13, 2013

The image that keeps returning to me with regard to the Children’s Psychiatric Center is the children’s handprints and quotes upon the walls that you see when visiting the campus. Children who leave the facility put handprints on a wall with encouraging quotes to others still receiving treatment.

Another Voice: Children need mental health treatment separate from adults Published: Nov 8, 2013 | Via The Buffalo News

It is my understanding that fifty young patients would be relocated to the top floor of the Strozzi building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center at 400 Forest Avenue. I believe the relocation of these patients may be inappropriate and counterproductive and is in need of further study.

Letter from Senator Timothy Kennedy Published: Sept 9, 2013

Children have special mental health needs and should be served separately from adults by staff with special training.

Child Mental Health Needs Should be Met Separately Published: July 16, 2013 | Via The Buffalo News