New holistic schizophrenia treatment program comes to Binghamton

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A new holistic team approach to treating young adults with schizophrenia is now in Binghamton.

New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Doctor Ann Sullivan joined local dignitaries Wednesday morning to cut the ribbon for the OnTrackNY program.

OnTrackNY has been in the state since 2013 with Binghamton hosting its 20th location within the Community Treatment and Recovery Center on Clinton Street.

OnTrackNY targets teens and adults up to age 30 who are first experiencing psychotic symptoms with a goal of helping them to achieve their life goals of getting an education, pursuing a career and having a family.

The team includes a Support Employment and Education Specialist who works with employers and educators on behalf of the patients.

“What I really like about this program is that we can go right out into the community. So, everybody doesn’t have to come to us, into the office setting. They can meet them on campus, or go to the job, or go to their home. So, there’s a fluidity and an outreach that is something you don’t necessarily see in a normal clinic setting,” said Chief of Service Karen Witbeck.

The program, which has a full-time staff of 3, began in February and is already treating 5 local patients.

It has a capacity to serve as many as 35.

OMH devoted $460,000 to open the Binghamton site which serves Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

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