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Medical director of state Office of Mental Health to speak about how families can cope with mental illness

Dr. Lloyd Sederer, MD, medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, is scheduled to speak on the Upstate Medical University campus Tuesday, June 11. His topic: "A Tale of Two Families -- How Families Can Cope with Mental Illness."

Sederer is the author of eight books, including, most recently, the "Family Guide to Mental Health Care." He is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and he is the medical director of the nation's largest state mental health system. The state Office of Mental Health includes 24 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes and community services, and it serves more than 700,000 people each year with a budget of $3.7 billion. Previously, Sederer was Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in New York City.

His presentation is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 on the second floor of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, 713 Harrison St.