Courtesy of OMH
December 19, 2013
Governor Cuomo announced today that the Greater Binghamton and Elmira mental health clinics will remain open. The centers were slated to close as part of a consolidation effort to save the state money. Matt Martin reports that would have left the Southern Tier with no inpatient mental health services.
The state’s plan to close both mental health centers in Broome and Chemung counties was controversial from the very beginning. It would have required patients in need of services to travel to Buffalo or Syracuse.
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said that would have been a burden on patients and their families.
“The Southern Tier is such an important part of the state and to have no inpatient services was just inconceivable to us.”
The new plan allows for the two clinics to stay open. The announcement comes after local lawmakers, mental health advocates, and families of patients put pressure on Cuomo.
“Everybody worked together as a team to really make the point that the Southern Tier deserved the basic level of inpatient services and I think the governor and his team heard what we had to say.”
One inpatient ward will be cut from both the Binghamton and Elmira centers. That will create 6 million dollars in savings that the governor says will be used to create a new residential treatment service.