Contact: Jamie Leszczynski
Whilst mental illnesses are recognized as an urgent health challenge, they are often severely neglected, and the people affected are hidden. Funding and resources allocated to mental health are almost non-existent in many health systems around the world; fewer than 1 in 5 get any treatment. When mental health services do exist, they are often not adequate or appropriate. They are rarely integrated well with other health services, and the stigma attached to mental health issues prevents many people from seeking and accessing services. It is a silent epidemic, and those suffering are often not able to demand action.
Oswego Health is committed to improving the mental health for CNY residents and thanks to a $13 million transformational grant from the New York State Department of Health and support from community members and local organizations, the Lakeview Center for Mental Health and Wellness, located at 29 E. Cayuga Street, Oswego, will open on January 25, 2021, with all inpatient and outpatient services fully operational by January 27.
As the only behavioral health services inpatient and outpatient provider in Oswego County, Oswego Health has constructed this new Center specifically built to provide this specialized care. The health system has renovated 42,000 square feet of a 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 and comfortable interior areas,” said Behavioral Health Services Associate Administrator, Jody Pittsley, RN. “Also, to assist those that utilize these services become healthier overall, primary care services will be available onsite.”
This new Center, which is a short drive from the Oswego Hospital Emergency Room, is located near beautiful Lake Ontario and truly will provide an environment of healing and is like no other behavioral health facility in the area.
For more information about Oswego Health, please visit www.oswegohealth.org.