The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Five Points, NY for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Five Points, NY can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Five Points, NY, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!866-793-9933
Five Points Development’s skinny supertall in NoMad is alive and well, albeit with fewer units planned than ever.An attorney for the firm helmed by Israeli developer Boris Kuzinez disclosed that the project at 262 Fifth Avenue would include only 26 units despite rising 860 feet, Crain’s reported. The representative was speaking at a community board meeting.It se...
Five Points Development’s skinny supertall in NoMad is alive and well, albeit with fewer units planned than ever.
An attorney for the firm helmed by Israeli developer Boris Kuzinez disclosed that the project at 262 Fifth Avenue would include only 26 units despite rising 860 feet, Crain’s reported. The representative was speaking at a community board meeting.
It seemed like the project was unraveling a couple of years ago, when Kuzinez sold part of his assemblage, a 60,000-square-foot office building at 260 Fifth Avenue, for $52.5 million. However, construction is expected to wrap next year, although with 13 fewer apartments than were planned at the time. (Before that it was a 41-unit project.)
The units will average 3,200 square feet. At least one will be a quadruplex.
When completed, the skyscraper will be the skyline’s skinniest, with 56 stories on a lot of only 5,000 square feet. For comparison, Harry Macklowe and CIM’s matchstick-like 432 Park Avenue — which has faced claims of odd noises and defects potentially tied to its thinness — has a lot nearly seven times that size.
There has been some pushback against the Five Points project and others like it that provide little housing relative to their size and typically sell units to buyers who have many other homes. Critics also object to their unusual shape — a result of the high cost of land and the stratospheric prices that apartments with spectacular views can command.
Kuzinez is also seeking to include more parking spaces than permitted by zoning, an idea opposed by Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine.
An entity tied to the developer filed plans for the project in 2016, shortly after buying the lot and two adjacent properties for $59 million. The plans called for a 150,000-square-foot building with 11,000 square feet of retail space.
Kuzinez struggled to get financing, though. Also, broker Eran Elhanani sued the developer, seeking commissions on two air-rights transactions for the assemblage.
Five Points did not return Crain’s request for comment.
— Holden Walter-Warner
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Boris Kuzinez as a Russian billionaire. He was born in Latvia and emigrated to Israel more than 50 years ago.
When Deacon Tasker and his wife, Cassie, decided to expand their East Aurora business into Buffalo, the Five Points neighborhood on the West Side was their first choice.In early April, the couple paid $450,000 for property at 488 W. Utica St.. Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream should open there by year’s end, offering ice cream, craft beer and cocktails.It is the latest in a string of food and drink businesses to open in Five Points, joining longstanding restaurants like Left Bank and Macky’s Essex Street Pub, eac...
When Deacon Tasker and his wife, Cassie, decided to expand their East Aurora business into Buffalo, the Five Points neighborhood on the West Side was their first choice.
In early April, the couple paid $450,000 for property at 488 W. Utica St.. Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream should open there by year’s end, offering ice cream, craft beer and cocktails.
It is the latest in a string of food and drink businesses to open in Five Points, joining longstanding restaurants like Left Bank and Macky’s Essex Street Pub, each operating for more than 30 years.
“People love coming there," Deacon Tasker said. "The density of it is really neat, the close proximity of it all makes an awesome little hub on the West Side. You get such good product from each of these places, whether it’s organic special wine from Paradise, amazing cold brew from Remedy House or a pop tart from Butter Block. The care we put into our product will fit right in.”
Tasker got to know the West Side through his work as a real estate agent with Hunt Real Estate.
“We were concentrating on the West Side and very quickly homed in on the Five Points area,” he said. “It’s got such vibrancy and character, and still has room for us to help be a force to bring more assets to that community.”
The hub started with Five Points Bakery & Toast Café, which opened in 2009 at 429 Rhode Island St. Owners Kevin and Melissa Gardner, who live around the corner, coined the name "Five Points" to recognize the five-point intersection where Rhode Island, Brayton and W. Utica streets come together.
“At the time, the neighborhood didn’t have a name,” Kevin Gardner said. “We called it that to give the neighborhood an identity. … The original goal behind the bakery was to create a place for people to gather and build the neighborhood.”
Five years later, the couple funded an expansion to its current home across the street at 44 Brayton St. with help from a $150,000 crowdfunding campaign, then expanded again and opened an upstairs seating area.
The appeal, Gardner said, is Five Points remains small and concentrated, unlike sprawling city shopping districts like Elmwood and Hertel avenues, and has a lower price point of entry. The diversity of businesses has also made it a draw.
“We’ve gone from in our first year in business $50,000 in sales to now doing over $1 million,” he said. “People come from all over. … We have people who come to Buffalo for a convention or whatever and they want to go somewhere that’s off the beaten path but quaint and fun.”
Paula Paradise and Lauren Kostek – best friends for 35 years – chose Five Points for Paradise Wine because it was an up-and-coming neighborhood.
A real estate agent on the West Side for more than 15 years, Kostek found the building and Paradise had just quit her longtime job at the Premier Group and wanted to do something on her own. The friends formalized their plans over coffee at Five Points Bakery’s original location, then spent more than two years renovating the space.
“It’s been amazing. Honestly, we could use a bigger store, but I love it here,” Kostek said. “We have a great customer base that keeps growing. The more people find Five Points, the more it just keeps growing. … Saturday is the one day where it seems like every fifth person who comes in says ‘I never knew you were here’ and they’re coming from places like Hamburg or East Aurora.”
There’s still opportunity for others to join in the neighborhood. Kostek pointed to 492 Rhode Island St., where Providence Social closed in 2018. The building is on the market for $780,000.
“It’s a great location,” she said. “I really think someone’s going to come in and buy that building and do something great.”
Left Bank owner/founder Michael Christiano agreed.
“Big picture, people want to live downtown,” he said. “People from a very diverse background are enjoying the resurgence of not only Five Points but throughout Buffalo.”
Christiano, who opened his 55-seat restaurant 30 years ago at 511 Rhode Island St., has been around since before it was trendy to be in Five Points. He’s still busy, regularly selling out reservations seven nights a week.
Last weekend was a great example of the neighborhood’s popularity.
“It was cloudy and miserable Saturday afternoon, but there were lines for Butter Block; people were going in and out of Five Points Bakery and people were all over the French tables at (Remedy),” he said. “It is a destination now.”
Construction is continuing to rise on 262 Fifth Avenue, a 56-story residential skyscraper in NoMad, Manhattan. Designed by Meganom with SLCE Architects as the executive architect a...
Construction is continuing to rise on 262 Fifth Avenue, a 56-story residential skyscraper in NoMad, Manhattan. Designed by Meganom with SLCE Architects as the executive architect and developed by Boris Kuzinez of Five Points Development under the Five Points 262 Project LLC, the 860-foot-tall structure will yield 26 condominium units averaging 3,200 square feet apiece with at least one becoming a quadruplex. GEA Consulting Engineers is the MEP engineer and CM & Associates Construction Management is the general contractor for the project, which located on a 5,000-square foot property on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 29th Street.
The reinforced concrete superstructure has continued its rapid ascent since our last update in early May, when the building had recently surpassed the height of its neighbor to the south. Crews have added a handful of residential floors in the intervening month, and tall bundles of rebar protrude from the top of the superstructure in preparation for subsequent pours. A construction elevator has been added to the western elevation along the concrete core wall and will continue to be augmented as the tower rises. The presence of the access openings for the elevator also indicates that this side of the core will not be left as a blank wall.
Photo by Michael Young
The superstructure is now clearly visible over the tree canopy of Madison Square Park from the pedestrianized section of Broadway below 23rd Street, rising directly in front of the Empire State Building.
YIMBY expects 262 Fifth Avenue to finish construction sometime in the latter half of next year.
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Permits have been filed for a five-story commercial building at 39-02 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston, Queens. Located between Alameda Avenue and Cross Island Expressway, the lot is near the Alley Pond Park. Charles Stehlik of Goodman is listed as the owner behind the applications.
The proposed 218-foot-tall development will yield 688,340 square feet designated for warehouse and office space. The steel-based structure will also have a 20-foot-long side yard and 74 enclosed parking spaces.
Kelly Beaudreau-Hwang of BL Companies is listed as the architect of record.
Demolition permits have not been filed yet. An estimated completion date has not been announced.
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The affordable housing lottery has launched for 739 East Gun Hill Road, an eight-story residential building in Williamsbridge, The Bronx. Designed by Marin Architects and developed by RYTY Home Builders, the structure yields 134 residences and 69 parking spaces. Available on NYC Housing Connect are 41 units for residents at 130 percent of the area median income (AMI), ranging in eligible income from $73,886 to $227,630.
Residents will have access to a code-protected fitness center, recreational area, and a shared laundry room. There will also be 24-hour surveillance, pet-friendly policies, and energy-efficient appliances. Tenants are responsible for electricity.
At 130 percent of the AMI, there are nine studios with a monthly rent of $2,155 for incomes ranging from $73,886 to $146,900; 11 one-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $2,239 for incomes ranging from $76,766 to $165,230; 17 two-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $2,516 for incomes ranging from $86,263 to $198,250; and four three-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $3,200 for incomes ranging from $109,715 to $227,630.
Prospective renters must meet income and household size requirements to apply for these apartments. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than August 16, 2023.
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New York, N.Y. – The National Hip-Hop Museum (NHHM) will rock the Five Points Festival in Brooklyn with a unique combination of hip-hop toys, legendary DJs spinning classic hip-hop breaks and early hip-hop, and a 40th star-studded anniversary tribute to Wild Style – the first ever hip-hop motion picture.NHHM will induct Wild Style Director Charlie Ahearn with cast members including: Grandmaster Caz & The Cold Crush Brothers, Grand Wizzard Theodore & The Fantastic 5, Patti Astor and breakdance icon,...
New York, N.Y. – The National Hip-Hop Museum (NHHM) will rock the Five Points Festival in Brooklyn with a unique combination of hip-hop toys, legendary DJs spinning classic hip-hop breaks and early hip-hop, and a 40th star-studded anniversary tribute to Wild Style – the first ever hip-hop motion picture.
NHHM will induct Wild Style Director Charlie Ahearn with cast members including: Grandmaster Caz & The Cold Crush Brothers, Grand Wizzard Theodore & The Fantastic 5, Patti Astor and breakdance icon, Crazy Legs, into NHHM’s Hall of Fame. These legends will receive an award, custom NHHM jacket, fat lace hat, inductee medallions, commemorative cassette necklaces and custom art by NHHM Creative Director Andy Katz and Photoshop Jedi. NHHM Historian Jay Quan – a noted hip-hop historian, lecturer, narrator and writer – will serve as emcee. Adding to the excitement, NHHM will display a hand-drawn animation slide from the movie's intro by Zephyr and Revolt donated by Charlie Ahearn, alongside the original amphitheater flyer from 1980, a rare Italian 1984 Wild Style movie poster and vintage articles from the movie's original premiere.
Throughout the weekend, the NHHM will exhibit a retrospective of rare and vintage hip-hop toys from 1984 to the present. Just in time for Father’s Day gifts, it also will operate a pop-up retail store offering many of the rare, exclusive, vintage and one-of-a-kind toys and apparel for purchase from its retail arm, The Hip-Hop Shop.
WHEN: Sunday, June 11 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
11 a.m.: Doors Open 5 Points Festival: Designer Toy Festival
11-4: World's 1st Hip-Hop Toy Exhibit: 1977-present Rare Vintage Toys & The Hip-Hop Shop Booth: Limited Edition Hip-Hop & Wild Style Toys and Merch
11-1p DJ RBI Spins
1-4: Wild Style Anniversary Live Cake Fabrication by DJ DVS
1 p.m.: DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell of The Fantastic 5
2-5 p.m. Live Painting by Kevin "Scene" Lewis
2 p.m. DJ Tony Tone of The Cold Crush Brothers
3 p.m. DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore Inventor of the Scratch
4 p.m. Live Podcast w/ the Cast Hosted by Jay Quan & Grandmaster Caz with The Cast streamed via @Rockthebells Instagram Account
5 p.m. Wild Style Grand Induction Ceremony
Keynote Speech: Master Gee of The Sugarhill Gang, Executive Dir. of NHHM
Order of Inductions:
-Charlie Ahearn, Director of Wild Style
-Lil Rodney Cee of Double Trouble
-Patti Astor Lead Actress
-Crazy Legs of The Rock Steady Crew
-Grand Wizzard Theodore & The Fantastic 5
GROUP: Prince Whipper Whip, Ruby Dee, Master Rob, Waterbed Kev & DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell
-Grandmaster Caz & The Cold Crush Brothers
GROUP: DJ Charlie Chase, DJ Tony Tone, Almighty Kay Gee, Easy A.D. & JDL
WHERE: Zero Space
337-345 Butler St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
• $130/person for Wild Style - National Hip Hop Museum + Sunday Pass: entry to the Wild Style 40th anniversary celebration including podcast and induction, and admission to the Five Point Festival on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.
• $180/person for VIP Wild Style - National Hip Hop Museum + Sunday Pass: entry to the Wild Style 40th anniversary celebration including podcast and induction, admission to the Five Point Festival on Sunday (starting at 11 a.m.), and a 40th anniversary Wild Style gift bag (limited edition tote bag, t-shirt, art print and stickers).
About Five Points Festival
Five Points Festival, presented by Clutter Magazine, is the premier curated designer toy, indie comic, craft beer, Kaiju and Sofubi, street art, and live painting festival. The antidote to the average con, Five Points Fest brings together tastemakers, misfits and rebels into a one-of-a-kind marketplace. The festival brings together the best indie artists, designer toy makers, original art creators, resin sculptures, plush, blind boxes, blanks, minis, Kaiju, Japanese vinyl, street art, posters, prints, apparel, live painting, craft beer, food trucks, pins, patches, tattooing and more! For more information, visit www.fivepointsfest.com.
About The Hip-Hop Shop
The Hip-Hop Shop is the flagship retail and event space of the National Hip-Hop Museum. Open since January, 2023, it features the East Coast’s largest selection of hip-hop memorabilia, including: vintage apparel, sneakers, toys, memorabilia, vinyl and art. The shop is located at 1919 18th Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20019. Merchandise also is available for online purchase at www.nationalhiphopshop.com.
About The Museum
Launched in 2019, the National Hip-Hop Museum of Washington DC is the world's first Hip-Hop museum. As the leading organization in Hip-Hop preservation, history and education, this 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization comprises The House of Hip-Hop, The Hip-Hop Shop, The Hip-Hop Cafe and The Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience. Executive Director is Master Gee a multi-platinum recording artist, founder and the voice of the legendary Hip-Hop group The Sugarhill Gang. The centerpiece of the NHHM is a collection of over 500 exclusive and authentic pieces of memorabilia, artifacts, posters, sneakers and other rare and historic items representing all aspects of the culture. Drawing on hip-hop's longstanding tradition of empowerment and social awareness, our museum includes a series of community-oriented seminars and workshops focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, health and wellness and social justice. The museum is located at 2622 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information, visit www.nationalhiphopmuseum.org.
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Updated: April 10, 2023 12:56 p.m.As the parents of a young man who took his own life while in solitary confinement, we are outraged that New York state prisons and jails are ...
Updated: April 10, 2023 12:56 p.m.
As the parents of a young man who took his own life while in solitary confinement, we are outraged that New York state prisons and jails are flagrantly violating the HALT Solitary Confinement Law, as documented in a new report by the state’s prison oversight entity, the Correctional Association of New York, and in a new lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union. Solitary confinement is torture for all human beings, and it is especially harmful for people with mental illness.
Because of our son Ben’s suffering and death in solitary confinement, we worked with allies, family members, solitary survivors and legislators for eight legislative sessions to finally enact the HALT Solitary Law. We openly spoke about the abuses that our teenage son endured while in prison and his subsequent death because he could no longer take the pain and suffering. We testified at legislative hearings, including within two weeks of Ben’s passing, spoke at meetings and public forums, and wrote numerous op-eds for publication. We even built a replica of a solitary confinement cell and took it to events all across New York state so that people could actually experience even a glimpse of the horror of spending hours, days, weeks, months and years in such a small cell. We did all this so that other families would not suffer as we had. Finally, the Legislature passed HALT two years ago with overwhelming support — supermajorities in both houses — and the governor signed it into law.
After this heart-wrenching process, and while still dealing with the loss of our only child, we now find that a year after the law went into full effect, the state Department of Corrections and jail administrators are openly violating the HALT law. This is a slap in the face to us and all other grieving families who have or have had a family member in solitary confinement.
These violations — holding people past 15 days, not providing meaningful out-of-cell time and programming in alternatives, sending people to solitary and alternatives for reasons not allowed under the law — have serious consequences. They can all lead to grave suffering, devastating physical and mental health consequences, worsened safety for everyone and even death.
It’s especially egregious that vulnerable people with mental health needs are still being sent to solitary. So much of our advocacy was done to ensure that the ban on solitary applies to all people with mental health needs and not just the narrow designation of serious mental illness in the previous law, which left far too many people with mental health needs in solitary.
It is unconscionable and cruel to send people with mental health needs to solitary, where their condition will certainly deteriorate and possibly lead to death. The arguments about safety that DOCCS uses to justify the use of solitary confinement do not ring true. Evidence clearly shows that the reduction or elimination of solitary confinement, combined with implementing real, proven alternatives, results in an increase in safety for staff and residents alike. This has proven true in other states and countries where similar measures have been implemented.
We urge Gov. Kathy Hochul to step in and make sure that New York’s prisons and jails follow the law and stop the torture of human beings.
Alicia Barraza and Doug Van Zandt are former residents of Albany who have been part of the #HALTsolitary Campaign after losing their son, who attended Bethlehem High School, to solitary confinement.