Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Golisano Behavioral Health and Wellness facility | WHEC.com

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Golisano Behavioral Health and Wellness facility

Raven Brown
Updated: June 18, 2020 05:13 PM
Created: June 18, 2020 03:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's been three years in the making and now the Golisano Behavioral Health and Wellness building off of South Avenue will soon be operating for patients.

“One of the cornerstones of our mission is to deliver treatment and services to individuals with behavioral health issues,” Director of The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Dr. John Foxe said. 

The facility now a success thanks to a $5 million donation from Paychex founder Tom Golisano and other donors is aimed at addressing the ongoing crisis in the community and country when it comes to kids' access to pediatric mental health care.

“But not to rest there because one of the things we have to do is provide better answers, better treatment, new therapy,” Foxe said. 

The facility will help patients with depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and other behavioral and emotional conditions.

“This is not just a story of individuals this is a story of community this mental health crisis is a community problem that requires a community solution,” URMC Chief of Pediatric Psychiatry Dr. Mike Scharf said. 

Lauren Opladen has struggled with some of these and is still getting treatment but says she's feeling much better than the hard days of her past.

“There's going to be hard time even now I still struggle, even now I still have hard days but it's more about using your resources, reaching out talk to a friend,” Opladen said.

Now hoping to be a voice for others struggling with the same thoughts by sharing her story of recovery.

“It’s about using your resources that help you and you need to use those that's the only way you can get through it,” Opladen said.

The Behavioral Health and Wellness facility will be fully open on June 29. 

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