Springbrook to Offer Services in Binghamton

ONEONTA, NY: Springbrook, a provider of supports for people of all ages with developmental disabilities will be hosting a grand opening reception in conjunction with the Binghamton First Friday Art Walk on September 5, to celebrate the opening of its newest office in Binghamton, N.Y.

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide cutting-edge supports and services for people with developmental disabilities in New York State, Springbrook is pleased to announce that the organization will now provide Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) and Consolidated Supports & Services (CSS) out of the Binghamton office, with more services to be offered in the future. Springbrook staff members—Lisa Gavazzi, Meredith Muzik, and Sarah Wilkinson—will be the first to begin operating on a full-time basis from the organization’s newest location.

Medicaid Service Coordination is a service that helps people of all ages and their family members to understand what support is available to them, in conjunction with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The kind of support received varies greatly, and is based on the unique needs of each individual. The purpose of CSS is to assist individuals in remaining in their own homes or in living independently, rather than seeking more restrictive environments. This self-determination program allows individuals and families to receive an annual budgeted amount of money based on an individual’s need and eligibility. “The new Binghamton office has been the result of our strategic organizational effort to offer families the opportunity for the most choice and control over their services,” says Springbrook CEO, Patricia Kennedy. With over 120 CSS cases, Springbrook is one of the state’s largest providers of this program, and, Kennedy adds, “Since moving forward with plans to extend our already strong Consolidated Supports & Services, we have seen an amazing amount of growth.”

Springbrook takes a personal approach in meeting the ever-changing needs of over 800 people in New York State with developmental disabilities. The organization’s programs are operated in the least restrictive environment possible, and provide opportunities for recreation, education, and the development of vocational skills in integrated settings.By opening a new office, Springbrook is adding to its current workforce of over 1,200 employees spanning four counties in New York State. The Binghamton expansion comes at a critical time during the city’s recent economic revival project and will help to further stimulate regional growth by supporting local businesses and by adding much-needed career opportunities in the area.

The Binghamton First Friday festivities are free and open to the public. Members of the local community are invited to join Springbrook for light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by Social on State, while viewing artwork by individuals who receive services from Springbrook from 4 – 7 pm, with remarks presented by Patricia Kennedy at 5 pm.

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