BryLin shifts ops in Williamsville

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First

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BryLin shifts ops in Williamsville

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM EDT

BryLin Behavioral Health System has consolidated its Williamsville operations, moving its chemical dependency treatment clinic to the same site as its new behavioral health center.

The company, formerly known as BryLin Hospital, moved the chemical dependency clinic from Sheridan Drive to the larger site at Farber Lakes Drive.

The clinic employs a multi-disciplinary team of 15, including a clinic physician, addiction counselors and other support staff.

The site houses programming for adolescents, young adults, adults and professionals, with specialized groups for men, women, individuals dually diagnosed as well as family members concerned about a friend, family member or loved one who may need treatment.

Eric Pleskow, president and CEO, said the site provides better service for clients who are dually-diagnosed with both a mental health issue and chemical dependency.

"Many people who are chemically addicted have co-occurring mental disorders," he said. "Unfortunately, most mental health and addiction treatment systems are often separated. As a result, patients have to go to one location to be treated for addiction and then to another location for their mental disorder. We have eliminated that inconvenience by having both outpatient programs now in one central location."

Since opening in August, BryLin's Behavioral Health Center has had over 4,200 adult patient visits for outpatient mental health care.

Adding chemical dependency treatment at the site is expected to bring 12,000 additional visits annually, with services offered for both adolescents and adults. The clinic is open five days a week and accepts all major insurances.

Founded in 1955, BryLin's operations also include an 88-bed private hospital on Delaware Avenue that provides inpatient behavioral health program for 1,300 children, adolescents and adults annually.