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Oswego Health Breaks Ground on New Behavioral Health Services

Community news | Thursday, October 10, 2019

Contact: Jamie Leszczynski

(Oswego, NY): Oswego Health is the only behavioral health services inpatient and outpatient provider in Oswego County, making Oswego Health also the only comprehensive behavioral health provider in the County. In an evaluation of other upstate communities, Oswego Health is one of the few organizations that is responsible for the emergency, inpatient and outpatient behavioral services in an entire County.

In July of 2017, Oswego Health was awarded a $13 million grant from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for the transformation of its behavioral health services in the County. Funds granted will allow Oswego Health to construct a new 32-bed inpatient unit and related outpatient behavioral health clinic facilities at 29 E. Cayuga Street, in the former Oswego Price Chopper Building.

Oswego Health will construct a facility specifically built to provide this specialized care. The health system will renovate 42,000 square feet of the former grocery store, to feature 32 inpatient beds. Patients will find the new location offers a welcoming, soothing and healing environment that includes secure outdoor spaces, comfortable interior areas and a kitchen area. The building itself will be landscaped to match the neighborhood and will be well-maintained.

To assist those that utilize these services become healthier overall, primary care services will be available onsite. Services that are offered currently at the BHS Bunner Street location, the outpatient clinic and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team also will be relocated to the new facility.

The facility is a short drive from the Oswego Hospital Emergency Room, making it more convenient for physicians and other staff members.