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Addiction Treatment Center Opens Its Doors In Binghamton

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Friday marks a new chapter for addiction treatment in Broome County. The SBH Binghamton Evaluation Center opens its doors tomorrow, with 25 beds available for anyone seeking help for addiction. By next week, a second wing will be opened, bringing the total number of beds to 50. 

"We have received calls from folks who say they will be calling or coming tomorrow, so we anticipate admissions tomorrow morning," says Jeremy Klemanski, President and CEO of Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare, the provider at the Binghamton treatment center. 

All the beds at the former Broome Developmental Center are for detox. A step in the treatment process often required before seeking long-term treatment. 

"You can't talk about treatment if you don't detox individuals," says Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Comissioner for OASAS.

Bringing this center to Broome County took over a year and $1.5 million in state funding. 

"It's easy to say something and much more difficult to do something," says Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.

Thursday's ribbon cutting and celebration was a victory for advocates of addiction treatment and families who have lost loved ones to the opioid epidemic. Many community members affected by the addiction crisis were present for the grand opening. 

Right now, the whole facility is dedicated to detox, with patients staying in the beds for 2 to 5 days. If Phase 2 of the program is approved, there's a possibility for more types of treatment. When the time comes to talk about that second phase, there will be an evaluation done to find out the specific needs of the community, but Garnar says long-term residential treatment is on the table.