Facility will provide withdrawal, stabilization, and rehabilitation treatment services not currently available, employ 70 people, and open in early 2018

Initiative comes at no local taxpayer expense with state funding commitment of $3,000,000 and use of the former Broome Developmental Center

BINGHAMTON, NY –  Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, State Senator Fred Akshar, State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and State Assemblyman Clifford Crouch along with other state and local officials announced today that Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare has been selected to provide drug treatment services at the former Broome Developmental Center.

County Executive Garnar said, “This is a huge win for Broome County in our battle against the heroin epidemic. We have an experienced, quality, licensed provider in Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare who will provide treatment services that currently don’t exist here, we have the perfect building to provide these services, and with the state funding that has been committed, we will be able to do this all at no local taxpayer expense. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Senator Akshar, and Assembly members Lupardo and Crouch-what they have delivered will save many lives in our community.”

New York State will be providing an annual funding grant of up to $3,000,000 and the use of Building 1 at the former Broome Developmental Center, where renovation on the facility has already begun. Treatment services will include up to 50 medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization beds and up to 50 residential rehabilitation beds. Neither type of services currently exists in Broome County. 70 new jobs will be created and no local tax dollars will be spent on the project.

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare (SBH) was among providers who responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the county for services at the Broome Developmental Center. Throughout this process, Broome County has been working closely with the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

County Executive Garnar assembled a team to review proposals, which included Senator Akshar, Assemblywoman Lupardo, Assemblyman Crouch, Director of Public Health Rebecca Kaufman, Commissioner of Social Services and Community Mental Health Don Bowersox, members of the NY State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and several members of the Broome Opioid Abuse Council.

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare (SBH) offers a complete continuum of care for people in recovery that includes Inpatient Rehabilitation and Detoxification, Integrated Outpatient, Opioid Treatment Program, Children and Adolescent Clinic, Community Residences, Supportive Living, and Aftercare Services, Peer Outreach and Engagement and a 24/7 Open Access Center. Founded in 1920, the agency has successfully grown over the years and now employs over 350 people. Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare currently has facilities in Syracuse and Rochester and provide treatment services to residents of Cortland, Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga, Oneida, Monroe, and Oswego counties. In the past year, they have served over 5,500 individuals, including many clients from Broome County.

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare is now currently working with OASAS to finalize the application and develop a program budget. The funding from New York State for this project must be approved by the Broome County Legislature. The facility is slated to open early next year.

STATE SENATOR FRED AKSHAR SAID: "Today is a huge victory for everyone in our community who's been fighting for years to save lives against the tide of heroin and opioid addiction that's ravaged families across the Southern Tier. It's clear that when we work together and put people before politics, we can achieve positive outcomes and help those who are suffering from addiction. The opioid epidemic has already claimed far too many lives and shattered far too many families in the Southern Tier. In times of crisis, it’s incumbent upon all of us to stand united, regardless of political persuasion, and work collectively to help those in need."

STATE ASSEMBLYWOMAN DONNA LUPARDO SAID: “Residents have expressed concern for a long time about the shortage of opioid treatment services, specifically detox beds in our community. Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare will certainly help fill that gap and be an important partner in our efforts to address this epidemic. I’d like to thank the county and the state for expediting this selection process so that these much-needed services can begin as quickly as possible.”

STATE ASSEMBLYMAN CLIFF CROUCH SAID: “I am very happy to join Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, Senator Fred Akshar, and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo to announce Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare as the provider for the proposed treatment center at the old BDC,” said Crouch. “With heroin and opiate addiction on the rise throughout the state and the Southern Tier, we have seen a public outcry in recent years for a center in our region.  SBH will provide the treatment, services, and medical attention they need. This initiative has been a long time in the making and I applaud all the parties involved for their determination, cooperation and hard work.”

CEO, SYRACUSE BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE JEREMY KLEMANSKI SAID: “We are honored by the selection to provide these services for the residents of Broome County. We are looking forward to partnering with existing programs in the area to accept patients needing stabilization and delivering stabilized patients to their programs to form a more complete continuum of care in the Southern Tier.”

OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “With this new facility, Governor Cuomo continues to demonstrate his commitment to fighting addiction and saving lives in New York State, in the midst of the ongoing opioid epidemic. This project will bring much needed services to the Southern Tier, and will allow more people to access the treatment they need to begin rebuilding their lives.”

OPWDD Acting Commissioner Kerry Delaney said: “This treatment facility is the result of the Governor, state agencies, state and local officials, and members of the business community working together to bring vital services to the Broome County area. We are pleased that the space at OPWDD’s former Broome Developmental Center campus is making this a reality for some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers.”

10/13/2017 - 1:03pm