WNY Children's Psychiatric Center to Stay Open

Move comes after lawyer calls for investigation

Tom Puckett
April 03, 2018 - 5:23 pm

West Seneca, NY (WBEN) New York State has decided to keep the WNY Children's Psychiatric Center open. This comes hours after an attorney representing a group pushing to keep it open called for an investigation into the motives why.

Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo says, “I applaud the state’s decision to keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. The WNYCPC provides critical care to children and families in our community and it is important to protect their well-being by keeping them in a safe, trusted environment.   I’d like to thank all of the families, patients, staff and lawmakers who have advocated tirelessly to keep the facility where it stands.”

Attorney Steve Cohen earlier Tuesday called for Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to investigate a motive for Governor Cuomo's decision to close. Cohen reacted to the reversal in Cuomo's position late Tuesday by saying, "We are delighted Governor Cuomo has decided to keep open the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca where it can continue to serve children with the best possible care.".

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns also worked to keep it open while he was a member of the Assembly. "I'm very thankful. We worked very hard with families, patients, and other supporters. 17,000 people signed out petition, and Senator Patrick Gallivan supported the bill to keep it open in the Senate, which was passed unanimously," says Kearns. 

“The WNYCPC rates among the top facilities in the country in treating children undergoing significant mental trauma in a safe, tranquil environment that gives them hope.  Our children deserve no less, and I am grateful these services will continue well into the future,” Gallivan said.  “I am encouraged the Governor recognizes this and look forward to working with his administration to ensure the continuity of these services as well as to provide needed community based mental health services to children and families in WNY,” says State Senator Patrick Gallivan. 

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