CSEA Lobbying Effort ‘Yields Progress’ On ‘Fighting Off’ The Targeted Closure Of Office Of Children And Family Services & Office Of Mental Health Facilities In The New York State Budget
(ORANGEBURG, NEW YORK) - With the closures of Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, the Goshen Secure Center and the Red Hook Residential Center all included in the proposed New York State budget, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Southern Region Activists have been working to stop what they describe as harmful cuts.
And now, those efforts are beginning to pay off, with both legislative houses restoring funding for these facilities.
Activists garnered support from State Lawmakers in the region, holding on-line meetings with Senate and Assembly Members to speak about the harmful impact their closures would have on the individuals in their care.
CSEA Leaders also joined lawmakers at two news conferences aimed at raising awareness about the closure proposals.
CSEA Southern Region President Anthony Adamo joined CSEA Members from Goshen Secure Center at a news conference held outside the facility, organized by State Senator Mike Martucci.
Along with leaders from the Rockland Psychiatric Center Local, Adamo joined Senate and Assembly Members for a news conference organized by State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, held on property adjacent to the Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center.
“We’re grateful for the bipartisan support we’ve received from our State Lawmakers,” Adamo said. “Once word of these proposed closures got out, residents made it clear that they don’t want these resources taken out of our communities. The common concern we keep hearing, both for the OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services) and OMH (Office of Mental Health) Facilities, is the increased distance families will have to travel in order to visit their loved ones. People understand that this isn’t just bad for the Workers and the communities, but will also have a seriously detrimental effect on the people we’re supposed to be helping.”
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