8.3.17 - First Steps Announced to Repurpose Broome Developmental Center as an Addiction Treatment Facility

Broome County today announced that it is seeking proposals from eligible organizations to provide community-based detox services at the Broome Developmental Center (BDC), located at 249 Glenwood Rd., Binghamton.

The county has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to move forward with securing these services at the BDC. The RFP is available for download at www.GoBroomeCounty.com.

“Putting out the RFP is a huge step in our plan to bring more treatment to Broome County to fight the opioid epidemic, which I declared a public health emergency in the community. The BDC is the perfect location for these services to be provided and we are eager to move this process forward. I’d like to thank Governor Cuomo for working with the county to make this possible,” said Jason Garnar, Broome County Executive. Through 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).

“By repurposing underutilized space at the Broome Developmental Center, we will be able to provide needed detox services to Broome County and the Southern Tier,” said Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “Our long-range plan is to use the space to provide up to 100 inpatient and residential treatment beds at the facility. By making this initiative possible, Governor Cuomo is once again demonstrating his commitment to tackling the opioid epidemic head-on and making New York State a national leader in the battle against addiction.”

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Acting Commissioner, Kerry A. Delaney said “Today’s rapidly evolving healthcare and wellness landscape requires vision, flexibility and pro-active solutions. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbors to the Broome campus and to the positive community impact of their life-changing, life-saving work.”

The RFP outlines the scope of services to be provided, which will include of full continuum of detoxification and stabilization services. Services will be person-centered and based on assessments. A Medical Director and nursing and clinical staff will provide around-the-clock care and oversight. There will be linkage to next levels of care, including recovery support, family treatment and clinical services, as needed.

OASAS will initially make operational funding available for 50 beds, with the opportunity to expand to up to 100 beds at the facility, to serve patients with substance use disorder (SUD). The facility will be housed in Building 1 on the Broome Developmental Center’s campus.

State Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch have been integral in facilitating today’s announcement. "This RFP is the first step to repurposing the BDC facility for addiction treatment in Broome County, something that I've long been publicly advocating for," said Senator Fred Akshar. "Making treatment for substance abuse more readily available is the best tool in our fight to end the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction that is plaguing our communities. I sincerely thank OASAS and Broome County for their efforts - it's clear that when we work together and put people before politics we can achieve positive outcomes and help those who are suffering from addiction."

“Since its closure, we have been looking for ways to use the Broome Developmental Center facility; using the space to help those battling addiction is a natural fit for the BDC campus,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. “The RFP process will ensure that the treatment provided there is of the highest quality and fits the needs of our community. I look forward to working with the County Executive and my colleagues at the state and local level on this project.”

“I would like to thank the governor, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, Sen. Akshar, and Assemblywoman Lupardo for their cooperation and teamwork on this matter,” said Crouch. “Since the closure of the BDC we have been calling for the utilization of this space for some time now. With heroin and opiate addiction on the rise, using this space to help addicts who are seeking the treatment they need is a perfect utilization of the space. We are seeing heroin and opiate addiction affecting too many people and families throughout Broome County. Providing these people with the necessary tools to combat their addiction is paramount. I strongly encourage any available organization that believes they have the proper resources and tools to apply for this program, our help and services are crucial to combating this epidemic that is sweeping through our state.”

Broome County will be accepting applications for the RFP through August 23.