Attached are the highlights (in the RSS newsletter) from a recently held
candidates night in the Capital District. Over a dozen candidates for
office attended and responded to questions about mental health related
issues. It was a very empowering night for the mental health community to
hold a non-partisan discussion with candidates for office discussing issues
of housing, workforce, mental health education in schools and a series of
other major mental health issues. This would be a great statewide model
that we hope will take hold down the road.
I especially want to thank the work of RSS and their CEO Bill Devita as
well as Toni Lasicki and Doug Cooper of ACL for their partnership in this
The real thanks go to Michelle Ciko, Executive Assistant of RSS for her
leadership and to Joe Lemmond, the person most responsible for the
planning and execution of this event. Joe is a member of the Board of
Directors of MHANYS and is the visionary behind the idea of the candidates
forum. He and Michelle deserves a great deal of credit for the success of
Finally, thanks to all the candidates who showed a great deal of depth
about mental health related issues.
Michelle E. Ciko
Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.
5172 Western Turnpike
Altamont, NY 12009
Phone: (518) 579-4205
Fax: (518) 579-4206