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In its continuing efforts to highlight the actions of those organizations, companies, groups and individuals who are supporting the clients and staff of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, the SLPC Task Force is pleased to feature the Ogdensburg Fire Department.

The City of Ogdensburg Firefighters, I.A.F.F. Union not only spent $290 to purchase their shirts in support of fair access to mental health services in the North Country, they also made an additional $85 donation to support the efforts of the SLPC Task Force! Thank you very much to our local firefighters!

IAFF President Terry Shaver expressed his concerns, “For many in our community, it would not be possible to receive the services and professional care they need if the SLPC were closed, leaving numerous individuals unable to adequately transition as outpatients. The impact on service providers such as EMS, Fire, Police, and medical professionals, who are not adequately trained to deal with severe mental health issues, would be significant and not a productive use of these services.

”SLPC Task Force Chairman Chuck Kelly said, “We appreciate the ongoing support from the community. We are gaining more support and momentum in our fight to keep these top notch services in the North Country. It is imperative that the people living in Northern New York have access to mental health services without the added burdens of being separated from their loved ones, the added costs and dangers of traveling especially during the harsh winters, and most importantly the decreased level of care that will result from not having immediate access to inpatient care and limited family involvement.”

Any companies, organizations, institutions, groups or individuals who wish to show their support for the Center are welcome to submit photos or stories which we will highlight each week.

You may send your submissions to cbarrett@ogdensburg.org or mail/drop them off at City Hall, 330 Ford Street, Ogdensburg, NY, 13669, City Manager’s Office.

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