News and information concerning the future of St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, N.Y.

The Journal  The 2014-2015 state budget contains up to $44 million to start shifting the focus of mental health care away from inpatient facilities and toward outpatient care, about $3.85 million of which could be on its way to the north country. The budget allocates a baseline of $25 million for community health care initiatives. […]

Beth Lyons, Advance News State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, announced Friday that the Senate included in its 2014-2015 budget a measure transferring 160 acres of surplus St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center land to the city of Ogdensburg. Having it included in the budget was a wise move to ensure its swift passage, and I applaud Mrs. […]

Watertown Times, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013 AT 5:00 AM Community-based mental health services will be enhanced before any inpatient beds are closed at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, a state Office of Mental Health spokesman said Friday. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that the psychiatric enter would retain inpatient services and become a center […]

The Journal,  DECEMBER 19, 2013 AT 5:00 AM Access to transportation and cultural sensitivity were the top mental health care needs in Central New York highlighted in recommendations given to the state Office of Mental Health Dec. 12. The recommendations, made by the Central New York Regional Centers of Excellence Team, are part of a […]

WWNY TV-7 report Story Updated: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:22 PM EST “We’re going to talk about it and I said we’d get back in about a week,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told 7 News on December 10. That’s when the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force met in Albany with the governor and his staff, […]

SLPC Task Force requests letters supporting inpatient psychiatric care The Journal, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013   OGDENSBURG – St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force members are hoping to capitalize on their momentum following Tuesday’s face-to-face meeting with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo where they appealed to him to keep inpatient services open in Ogdensburg. The task […]

Watertown Times editorial THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013 The impromptu visit that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo paid this week to the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force offers a glimmer of hope that perhaps not all is lost in the group’s quest to retain mental health services in the north country. Members of the task force […]

WWNY-TV 7 Dec 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM EST He wasn’t expected to attend, but Governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise appearance during a meeting about the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. More than a dozen north country leaders are in Albany to save the psych center. Members of a special task force met […]

The Assembly has introduced mirror legislation to block the closings of St. Lawrence Psych Center and other mental health facilities for one year. The bill, A.8294, is sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and is a “same-as” version of a bill already introduced in the Senate by North Country Senator Patty Ritchie and Tom Libous, who represents […]

The Journal, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 To The Editor: After retiring from state service two years ago, I have closely watched thedrive and determination of so many staff, community leaders, businesses,agencies and others in doing all you can to stop the potential loss ofinpatient mental health services for the residents of St. Lawrence,Jefferson, Franklin, Essex, Lewis […]

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Fast Facts...

  • Petition keeps growing…

    There are now more than 2200 signers on the Save the Center petition.

  • About 50 supporters …

    braved cold, traffic and a few sprinkles of rain to greet Commissioner Woodlock with signs and cheers at the entry to SLPC Wednesday.

  • With 300 signed up already…

    The St. Lawrence Psych Center “listening session” on May 15 is already shaping up to be the best attended of 12 being held across the state.

Your comments on SLPC.

  • ‘It’s not fair …

    to penalize those that depend on this facility for support and assistance with mental illness!!’ A.C., Heuvelton

  • The staff and doctors saved my son’s life…

    Without the dedication of the staff my son would not be here.  Please save the SLPC. J.B., Ogdensburg

  • “A shame, the thought

    of losing such a valuable and much needed service to this area.  The thought of someone in need of help not getting it and hurting themselves  or worse. When is enough, enough?” R.W., Norfolk

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