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Psych Center Will Remain Open, Reduce Size

The decision by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Office of Mental Health was a 180 degree turnabout, because originally they were planning to shutter inpatient services in our area and make people travel Upstate.
The decision by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Office of Mental Health was a 180 degree turnabout, because originally they were planning to shutter inpatient services in our area and make people travel Upstate. Public pressure caused them to reconsider.

The number of adult inpatient beds will eventually be reduced from 90 to 60. However, that likely won't happen until 60 new community residential beds are created. Republican State Senator Tom Libous, who fought to keep psych services here, says it's too early to tell if those community beds will be in apartment or group home settings or some other way. Libous says the community coming together helped keep support here for the mentally ill and preserved nearly 400 jobs.

"I'm very pleased and I think it goes to show that when the community works together the kind of results that we can get. Keeping the Greater Binghamton Health Center open is a major score for us. The community should be very proud for all that it did," said Libous.

The children's award winning 16-bed psych unit at the Health Center will also be kept open and will be named a Center of Excellence. In addition, a Mobile Integration Team will be created, which will respond to calls from schools, families, and pediatric services to help get kids treatment. And, tele-psychiatry services will be expanded to reach the mentally ill in rural areas.

Broome County's Commissioner of Mental Health is excited that the children's unit is being recognized for its hard work.

"It's really awesome to hear that our children's center will be a Center of Excellence and is staying in place. We deserve to have a Center of Excellence. This hospital is one of the best in the state for children's services," said Art Johnson.

"We had a meeting up there a couple of weeks ago and the Governor's people, they really listened hard, we told them some of the impacts and were very direct about it, but they were very professional. We worked back and forth. I'm very pleased with the announcement," said Clifford Crouch.

State Senator Libous says he doesn't expect an impact on the overall number of jobs at the Greater Binghamton Health Center, because he says as some patients are incorporated into the community, the professionals working with them at the Center will be needed to assist them.
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