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Resolution Submitted for Broome Developmental Center Project

November 20, 2017

Executive Submits Resolution for Broome Developmental Center Project

(BINGHAMTON, NY) Broome County Executive Jason Garnar today submitted a resolution to the Broome County Legislature to accept state funding for a drug treatment center at the former Broome Developmental Center.

Earlier this month the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services sent a funding award letter to Broome County for up to $1.5 million in base state aid and up to $1.2 million in one-time start-up costs for Fiscal Year 2018. The resolution is being submitted to legislators for consideration for a full vote in the December legislative session. The funding must be approved by the County Legislature for the project to continue.

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare has been selected to provide drug treatment services at the former BDC campus in the town of Dickinson. New York State will be providing the use of Building 1 at the former BDC.

SBH’s treatment services in Broome County will include up to 50 medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization beds for Phase 1 and up to 50 residential rehabilitation beds for Phase 2.

70 new jobs will be created and no local taxpayer dollars will be spent on the project. The facility is slated to open in early 2018.

Last week, a list of frequently asked questions about the project were compiled and made available to the public and emailed to all Broome County Legislators.

“I see this as a no-brainer decision by the Legislature to pass this resolution next month,” said County Executive Garnar. “By voting yes, they are voting to save lives of people in Broome County. We do not have these services currently in our county. We need them now.”

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). State Senator Fred Akshar has been integral in securing these lifesaving services in Broome County. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch have also been working diligently on this project.

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 now employs more than 350 people. Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare currently has facilities in Syracuse and Rochester and provides treatment services to residents of Cortland, Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga, Oneida, Monroe, and Oswego counties. In the past year, SBH has served more than 5,500 individuals, including many clients from Broome County.