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Psych Center Will Stay Open

Governor Cuomo caved to public pressure and agreed to keep open in-patient psychiatric services at the Greater Binghamton Health Center.
Governor Cuomo caved to public pressure and agreed to keep open in-patient psychiatric services at the Greater Binghamton Health Center.

Cuomo made the announcement via a video news conference at the former Psych Center in Binghamton Wednesday afternoon. The revised plan calls for Binghamton to become another Center for Excellence, although the number of in-patient beds for adults will be cut from 90 down to 60. The award-winning adolescent unit will remain intact.

Last July, the Department of Mental Health announced the closure as part of a statewide restructuring that reduced the number of psychiatric facilities from 24 to 15. Local lawmakers Tom Libous, Donna Lupardo and Cliff Crouch all vigorously opposed the closure. Cuomo says he listened to the concerns, especially regarding travel time to facilities in Syracuse and Utica.

"At the end of the day, the arguments, the points that you made, I think were persuasive, hence the modification of the State's plan," said Cuomo.

"We're so happy, we did it. We worked so hard together as a team, my assembly colleagues, our senators, hospitals, the criminal justice system, the municipalities. Everyone worked together as a team to really make the point that the Southern Tier deserves a basic level of inpatient services," said Donna Lupardo.

The number of inpatient beds at the Elmira's Psych Center will be reduced from 72 to 48. Savings from reducing inpatient beds will be spent on creating new community setting care areas for mental health patients.
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