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PAGE 10                                                    THE QUEENS TIMES                                      THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2022


             Attorney General James Warns Against Price                           During Mental Health Awareness Month Legislators
                          Gouging of Baby Formula                                   Call For Passage of Maternal Mental Health Bills

                                                                                   (Continued from page 6)  and ethnic health care dis-  care for themselves and
        AG James Advises Parents  extra unopened, unexpired  that are vital to their health,              crimination and disparities  their children. My legisla-
        to Speak to Doctor if Short  formula consider donating  safety, or welfare for an  referred to the Floor from  that contribute to disparities  tion will ensure that we can
        on Formula, Encourages  it to their local food pantry.  unconscionably excessive  the Senate Women’s Issues  within current postpartum  study the disproportion-
        New Yorkers to Donate Ex-       “The national baby for-  price. Due to the nationwide  Committee.   depression screening pro-  ate ways that postpartum
        cess Formula to Local Food  mula shortage is terrifying  shortage, OAG advises con-  S7752 directs the Office  tocols.    depression screenings are
        Pantries                 for parents concerned about  sumers to buy only as much  of Mental Health to create       S7865   requires maternal  applied and help identify
                                 how to feed their children,”  formula as they need and  a Maternal Mental Health  health care providers pro-  racial disparities within ex-
             With increased short-  said Attorney General  not to unnecessarily stock  Workgroup to study and  viding pre- and postnatal  isting protocols. We call on
        ages of baby formula due to  James. “The last thing any  up as such panic buying  issue recommendations  care or pediatric care to  the legislature to pass these
        recalls and supply chain dis-  family needs is to be price  may intensify the shortage  related to the diagnosis  invite the mother to fill out  bills this session. Lives de-
        ruptions, New York Attor-  gouged on critical nutrition  and could encourage sellers  and treatment of maternal  a questionnaire to detect  pend on it.”
        ney General Letitia James  for their little ones, which is  to engage in illegal price  mental health and perinatal  maternal depression and       Assemblywoman Mi-
        today warned retailers that  why I am putting profiteers  gouging.  The OAG  also  and postpartum mood and  other mood disorders. The  chaëlle Solages, Chair of
        price gouging is illegal.  seeking to take advantage of  reminds consumers that  anxiety disorders. The bill is  bill is sponsored in the As-  the Black, Puerto Rican,
        The Office of the Attorney  this crisis on notice. If New  it is not price gouging for  sponsored in the Assembly  sembly by Assemblywoman  Hispanic & Asian Legisla-
        General (OAG) is aware of  Yorkers see exorbitant price  retailers to limit the amount  by Assemblymember Sarah  Michaëlle Solages, who  tive Caucus, said: “Negative
        reports of baby formula be-  increases for baby formula,  of formula they sell to indi-  Clark.   serves as Chair of the Black,  mental health outcomes that
        ing sold online for prices far  I encourage them to report  vidual consumers.   Among other tasks, the  Puerto Rican, Hispanic &  result in tragedy for both
        exceeding its retail value.  it to my office immediately.       When reporting price  workgroup shall:   Asian Legislative Caucus.  the mother and the child
        Attorney General James  Anyone who seeks to take  gouging to OAG, consum-  •    Identify vulnerable popu-       Maternal depression  are fully preventable, if
        urges New Yorkers to be  advantage of this crisis is  ers should:        lations and risk factors in  screenings will be offered:  detected. Only around half
        on alert for potential price  on notice. I also urge any  •    Report the specific  the state for maternal mental  ●    At the time of prenatal  of mothers are screened for
        gouging of baby formula  parent who is struggling to  increased prices, the dates,  health disorders that may  care       maternal depression - and
        and to report any dramatic  find formula to speak with  and places that they saw  occur during pregnancy and  ●    At the time of a well-  far fewer are screened using
        price increases to her of-  their child’s doctor before  the increased prices, and  through the first postpartum  child checkup prior to the  standardized assessment
        fice. In addition, Attorney  altering or using formula  the types of formula being  year;         infant’s first birthday   tools. It is vital that mothers
        General James encourages  other than directed. If New  sold; and,        •    Identify and recom-  ●    At the time of a mother’s  are screened for depression
        parents having difficulty  Yorkers have excess un-  •    Provide copies of their  mend effective, culturally  follow up visit to their OB/  using validated assessments
        finding formula to speak  opened, unexpired formula,  sales receipts and photos  competent, and accessible  GYN           so they can be connected
        with  their child’s  doctor  please consider donating it  of the advertised prices, if  prevention screening and       This bill also recom-  with  the  care  they  need
        before attempting to water  to your local food pantry to  available.     identification and treatment  mends that maternal health  to ensure the health and
        down formula or make their  help families in need.”  New Yorkers should report  strategies, including public  care providers make the best  safety of themselves and
        own, both of which can be       New York law prohibits  potential concerns about  education and workplace  efforts possible to contact  their child. That is why I
        potentially dangerous  to  merchants from taking un-  price gouging to OAG by  awareness, provider educa-  the person who gave birth  am happy to introduce this
        a child. Attorney General  fair advantage of consumers  filing a complaint online or  tion and training, and social  within 21 days from the  piece of legislation along-
        James asks that anyone with  by selling goods or services  call 800-771-7755.  support services;   date of delivery and utilize  side Senator Brouk which
           Statement From Speaker Adrienne E. Adams on                           •    Identify and recommend  industry practices to detect  will require maternal care
                                                                                                                                  providers to offer maternal
                                                                                 evidence-based practices  maternal depression.
            The United States Senate’s Failure to Pass The                       for health care providers and       Senator Samra Brouk,  depression screenings dur-
                                                                                                          Chair of the Senate Mental  ing pre and postnatal care.”
                                                                                 public health systems;
                      Women’s Health Protection Act                              •    Make recommendations  Health Committee, said:       Assemblywoman Sarah
                                                                                 on legislation, policy initia-  “Families across the state  Clark, Member of the As-
                                                                                 tives, funding requirements  are depending on us to ad-  sembly Mental Health Com-
             “It is a deep disappoint-  ber how their United States  Leader Chuck Schumer and   and budgetary priorities to  dress the disparities of care  mittee, said: “Today I join
        ment and injustice that the  Senator voted on the funda-  Kirsten Gillibrand, for their   address maternal mental  for maternal mental health  my colleagues and mom
        Senate failed to pass the  mental right for millions of  leadership on this legislation,   health needs in the state.   conditions, which is why  legislators, calling for the
        Women’s Health Protection  women, trans, and gender  and all senators who sup-       S7753 requires the New  our Maternal Mental Health  passage of our maternal
        Act. This legislation is criti-  non-conforming people to  ported it. We will continue to   York State Office of Men-  package is so crucial. One in  mental health package of
        cal to safeguard abortion and  make their own reproductive  fight, legislate, and organize   tal Health (OMH) and the  five women experience ma-  bills. Mental illnesses have
        reproductive rights in states  health decisions to access  to ensure access to safe, legal   Department of Health to  ternal mental health condi-  been overlooked and stig-
        across the country. Now,  abortion care. I am grateful to  abortion for anyone needing   conduct a study on the in-  tions, and Black women are  matized for far too long,
        every American will remem-  New York Senators, Majority  this care.”     adequacies of existing post-  twice as likely to experience  especially for pregnant and

           Reps. Maloney, Nadler Call on Mayor Adams to                          partum depression screen-  many of these conditions  postpartum  mothers  and
                                                                                 ing  tools  in  an  effort  to  while seeking help only  those in Black and Brown
         Disclose City Records on Governmental Knowledge                         address the under-diagnosis  half as often. We know  communities. This legisla-
                                                                                                                                  tion seeks to address dispar-
                                                                                 and treatment of women in  maternal mental health con-
               of The Scope of The Health Threats to 9/11                        vulnerable, at-risk popula-  ditions can be deadly, so it  ities by providing a working
                         Responders And Survivors                                tions, particularly Black  is imperative that we pass  group to better track data to
                                                                                                          this legislation to begin the  support pregnant and post-
                                                                                 women. The bill is spon-
                                                                                 sored in the Assembly by  work of providing better  partum women, conduct a
                                                                                 Assemblymember Jessica  care to the mothers and  study to assess the impact
        This letter comes as a fol-  “While some documents       Building on their two   González-Rojas.  families who are relying on  of postpartum depression
        low up to the Representa-  may have been disclosed  decades of advocacy for        This study will:  us to act.”          screening tests, and setting
        tives’ original letter in  in past litigation, we do not  9/11 responders and sur-  •    Examine what additional       Assemblymember Jessica  new guidelines for maternal
        September 2021 to then  believe this represents the  vivors, the members con-  questions or tools could be  González-Rojas, Member  depression screenings to en-
        Mayor Bill de Blasio     entirety of the City’s files  tinue: “Throughout our two   implemented to minimize  of the Assembly Health  sure no one slips through the
                                 and demand a complete  decades of work with the   disparities found within the  Committee, said “We have  cracks. I am proud to join
             Congressmembers   release.”                 9/11 community to guar-  current screening protocols.  a serious maternal mental  Senator Brouk and my As-
        Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-       In their letter to Mayor  antee their health care and   •    Identify racial disparities  health crisis in our nation  sembly colleagues pushing
        12) and Jerrold Nadler (NY-  Adams, the members state,  compensation, we have   within existing protocols  and state and we have the  for the passage of these bills
        10) sponsors of the James  “The time has come for a  faced resistance from many   and screening measures for  ability to address it. Peo-  so that all New Yorkers, es-
        Zadroga 9/11 Health and  full accounting of the his-  in the federal government   postpartum depression and  ple and women who give  pecially those who have tra-
        Compensation Act, its re-  tory of 9/11.  The ongoing  – namely to admitting that   mood disorders  birth deserve the necessary  ditionally been overlooked
        authorization,  the Never  review and declassification  the toxins released in the   •    Identify ways to reduce  screening, assessment, and  and underserved, will get
        Forget the Heroes: James  of documents related to the  attacks and during cleanup   or eliminate transgender  intervention to ensure that  the help and support needed
        Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s  posed a serious and ongoing   and non-binary and racial  they are healthy and can  after childbirth.”
        Luis Alvarez  Permanent  possible involvement in  health hazard to those on
        Authorization of the Sep-  the 9/11 attacks ordered  the pile and in the vicinity.    Meng Issues Statement on Greek Prime Minister’s ...
        tember 11th Victim Com-  by President Biden was a  Those health risks, about
        pensation Fund Act, and the  critical first step in this  which we immediately   (Continued from page 6)  I thank Prime Minister  munity is shown through
        9/11 Responder and Survi-  accounting.  Providing full  warned the government,                    Mitsotakis for coming to  her work at HANAC,
        vor Health Funding Correc-  transparency on what the  have  now  caused  enor-  said, we must commit to  Washington and address-  a nonprofit, social ser-
        tion Act,  asked New York  government knew about the  mous harm to thousands of   continuing to strengthen  ing Congress. I was proud  vices organization serv-
        City Mayor Eric Adams  health risks at Ground Zero  responders and survivors.   the relationship between  to be in attendance for it.”  ing communities in need
        to release “any documents  and how they potentially  Many of them are now liv-  our two great countries as       Meng also brought  throughout New York
        related to 9/11 that are in its  covered up that informa-  ing with – and too many are   we stand for democracy  Stacy Bliagos, Executive  City.  The  organization
        files or emails from the pe-  tion will finally provide  dying from – 9/11 related   around the world. I look  Director  of  HANAC,  as  was founded in  Queens
        riod of September 11, 2001  transparency to a too-often  health conditions caused by   forward to doing all I can  her guest for the speech.  in 1972 to serve the needs
        through the spring of 2002.”  overlooked aspect of the at-  exposure to those toxins 20   to strengthen this rela-  Bliagos’ support of the  of the Greek American
        The members continue:  tack’s history.”          years ago.”             tionship even further, and  Greek  American  com-  community.
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