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Caring for the mentally ill in an institutional setting began in the Buffalo in the late 1800s at what was once the Buffalo State Asylum at Forest and Elmwood avenues. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative, WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores the origins of the massive Richardson Olmsted Complex, built as a place of healing for the mentally ill.

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The H.H. Richardson building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center sat derelict for years until preservationists saved the Elmwood Avenue landmark and started turning around the vast structure. The latest addition is a giant new sculpture outside the entrance of what is now a hotel and soon-to-be architecture center.


Legislation to ensure the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center remains in West Seneca is on its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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West Seneca Children's Psychiatric Center

Moving the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center is on hold. State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto issued a temporary restraining order Monday, stopping "all construction and related activities" for moving the facility to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

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Following a recent violent incident at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, as well as the acquisition of documents reporting dozens of deaths there over a three-year span, State Assemblyman Michael Kearns is asking the local acting U.S. Attorney to look more closely.


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The assault on a nurse at Buffalo Psychiatric Center Saturday afternoon has added new fuel to the debate over plans to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca. That plan, which would transfer young patients to the Forest Avenue facility, continues to draw fervent local opposition.


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The site of a former hospital for the mentally ill will soon be reborn as a hotel and architecture musem and education center. Officials at the Richardson Olmsted Complex marked the completion Tuesday of a busy three-year stage of reconstruction.


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The New York State Office of Mental Health and Governor Andrew Cuomo are again pursuing a plan to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center and move patients into the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Once again, state legislators representing Buffalo-area districts vow to unite and fight the plan.

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Advocates are once again blasting Albany over its plan to close the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center.

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Albany is still pushing to close the Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca while supporters of the center are still pushing back.


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A few dozen people concerned over the potential closing of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center turned out for a public hearing in Buffalo's City Hall on Friday.

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Plans to convert the historic Richardson building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center into a hotel and architecture center are about half done. Organizers discussed developments at a public meeting Tuesday night.

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Construction is getting closer on the renewed Richardson Olmsted Complex at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.