Advisory Council

Overview

The Advisory Council provides guidance to the Justice Center in the development of policies, programs and regulations. The Council is comprised of a minimum of 15 members who are appointed for 3-year terms by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Members include service providers, people who have or are currently receiving services, their family members and advocates.  

At least one-half of the members must be individuals or parents or relatives of individuals who are or have received services from programs within the Justice Center’s jurisdiction.

 

Council Members

William T. Gettman — Northern Rivers Family of Services (Chair)

Mary E. Bonsignore — Parent Advocate, Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council

Norwig Debye-Saxinger — Therapeutic Communities Association

Denise A. Figueroa — Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley

Walter J. Joseph, Jr. — Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

Jason Hershberger, M.D. — Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center

Jeremy E. Klemanski — Helio Health

Sylvia Lask — Parent

Ronald S. Lehrer — NYS Association of Boards of Visitors

Glenn Liebman — Mental Health Association in New York State

Joseph Macbeth — National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

Thomas McAlvanah  Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies of NY

Delores Fraser McFadden — Orange County Department of Mental Health

Hanns Meissner, PhD — Rensselaer County ARC

Kathy O'Keefe — Pilgrim Psychiatric Center

Judith A. O’Rourke — Parent

Clint Perrin — Self Advocate

Harvey B. Rosenthal — NY Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS)

Mary K. St. Mark — Parent Advocate and Board President, Institutes for Applied Human Dynamics

Jeffrey Savoy — Odyssey House

Euphemia Strauchn-Adams — Parent, Families on the Move

Robert L. Weisman, DO — Strong Memorial Hospital

 

Meeting Dates

2019
  • September 19
2020
  • January 16
  • April 2
  • June 25
  • September 24

Advisory Council Recommendations

The Advisory Council is authorized by the Protection of People with Special Needs Act to provide guidance to the Justice Center in the development of policies, programs, and regulations to support the development and implementation of state policies which meet the needs of vulnerable persons and individuals with disabilities in a manner that is respectful of theIR rights and choices.  All recommendations have been approved unanimously by the Advisory Council.