Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare has announced plans for a major expansion this year. The New York-based organization has bought a new building for $2.8 million and plans to spend another $1.2 million on renovations.
According to a story from the Post-Standard, the new space (located at the Learbury Building on North Salina Street in downtown Syracuse) will house an outpatient clinic that will provide services for both substance abuse and mental health clients under one roof.
Officials said the expansion will “increase the number of clients the agency can serve, decrease crisis admissions and reduce the length of the program's waiting list.”
When SBH president Jeremy Klemanski was interviewed by a local news show, he said the renovation would be "on a scale that we haven't seen anywhere in New York."
"People won't have to bounce all over the place looking for supports to sustain their recovery," Klemanski said.
The new clinic is expected to serve between 475 and 500 people at a time, while 11 new staff members also will be added. The project is expected to be completed by September, with the headquarters and residential services offices moving in by late 2013.