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West Seneca children’s psych center to stay open another year

The state budget being finalized Monday will contain money to keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca open for the next fiscal year, according to state Sen. Patrick Gallivan.

The state’s Office of Mental Health had intended to close the center and move its young patients into wards secured for young people at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which now serves only adults. That plan had aroused opposition from advocates who said the children get excellent care in West Seneca and need their own facility.

Gallivan, R-Elma, said he was “thrilled that this year’s state budget will include the vital funding necessary” to keep the center open and that “the voices of the children, their families and local mental health professionals” were heard.