Counseling services for families and children are expanding

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Family & Children’s Counseling Services is expanding its Binghamton location on Main Street.

In announcing the expansion, officials said that due to growing demand for mental health and addiction services, the agency is building a two-story, 9,000-square-foot building next to and connected to its long-running base. date in Binghamton.

Photo courtesy of Family & Children’s Counseling Services

Photo courtesy of Family & Children’s Counseling Services

Officials say the larger space at 257 Main Street will help provide better services and accessibility to community members who need help.

The new space will enable an integrated and customer-centric redesign of operations. Additional space needs to be created to make it easier for people to access counselors and other services, as some services are actually being bundled together and made more efficient

Plans include multiple waiting rooms and improved internet technology infrastructure and, following health concerns arising from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, an improved heating, ventilation, air conditioning and filtration system for the air is installed in the expanded installation.

Family & Children’s Counseling Services secured approximately $4 million of the $5 million overall project cost from the New York State Department of Health. Another $600,000 comes from a grant from the New York State Assembly. Additional support comes from Broome County and the City of Binghamton.

FCCS officials say funding opportunities are available to cover the remaining costs of the expansion.

The inauguration of the project is scheduled for later this year.

MP Donna Lupardo, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham joined heads of Family and Children’s Counseling Services and business leaders at the meeting from June 23rd expansion announcement.

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