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Local lawmakers, county Health Department members visit Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Local lawmakers took a trip up I-81 to see what Broome County's proposed drug treatment center could look like.

State Senator Fred Akshar, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar along with members of the County Health Department visited two Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare facilities in Syracuse Monday.

The provider was chosen by Garnar through an RFP to provide 50 beds for medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization, also known as detox, as well as 50 beds for long term residential rehabilitation.

The group toured Syracuse Behavioral's inpatient care facility where they saw double-occupancy bedrooms, medical exam rooms, and financial screening areas along with lounges and a fitness center.

"Today's tour puts a face on what Syracuse Behavioral does here in Syracuse and what they will be doing in Broome County in just a few short months.  They are extremely professional.  It's warm and it's inviting during all different levels of care," said Garnar.

Akshar was also impressed with the visit and supports Syracuse Behavioral as the provider for the Broome County treatment center.

He was also encouraged to learn that people seeking treatment can walk-in at any time and receive a room within 60 to 90 minutes.

He says our area desperately needs a treatment center.

"The people in the Southern Tier are yearning for that type of care.  I'm pleased with the County Executive's decision to choose Syracuse Behavioral Health to provide these much-needed services to the people, not just in Binghamton or in Broome County, but the entire Southern Tier region," said Akshar.

The tour also included Syracuse Behavioral's outpatient facility located about 2 miles from the inpatient site.

A public meeting about the proposed treatment center was held Monday evening at the Broome County Public Library in the Decker Room. 

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