THOMAS O'CLAIR Bureau of Family Affairs, New York State Office of Mental Health
Tom O'Clair currently works in the Office of Consumer Affairs at the New York State Office of Mental Health. Tom's son Timothy completed a suicide in 2001, seven weeks prior to his 13th birthday. The suicide came after health insurance coverage was denied for Timothy to continue receiving treatment for his multiple mental illnesses. Following his son's death, Tom O'Clair led the fight for new state legislation requiring health insurance companies to provide mental healthcare coverage at a level equal to or better than the physical healthcare coverage being provided. The law passed in 2006 and was named "Timothy's Law" in memory of Tom's son.
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