BryLin to close Williamsville Behavioral Health Center

BryLin to close Williamsville Behavioral Health Center

The closure includes outpatient mental health programs for children, teens and adults, as well as their outpatient addiction clinic.

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – BryLin Behavioral Health System announced on Tuesday that it is closing its behavioral health center in Williamsville.

The closure includes outpatient mental health programs for children, teens and adults, as well as their outpatient addiction clinic.

BryLin’s Behavioral Health Center opened in 2013 with outpatient mental health programs for adults, before adding its outpatient addiction treatment clinic in 2015. In 2020, BryLin opened its first outpatient health programs mental health for children and adolescents at this location.

“It was not an easy decision to make,” Chairman and CEO Eric Pleskow said in a statement.

BryLin officials say they have informed staff that the health center will close once their clients are connected to other community resources.

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“We are notifying our care recipients and encouraging them to attend all appointments as scheduled. We are working to facilitate a warm transfer to other community providers as soon as possible,” Pleskow said.

Thirty-five employees will be affected by the closure. BryLin says they are working to find these employees other jobs within BryLin or with other organizations.

Pleskow said they couldn’t keep up with the other nonprofit clinics, which receive funding. BryLin is the only private provider of short-term psychiatric hospitalization for children, adolescents and adults.

Pleskow said, “We had to make this very difficult decision because we simply cannot keep up, on an outpatient basis, with the funding that other nonprofit outpatient clinics receive due to our for-profit status.”

BryLin says they will focus their efforts on inpatient mental health treatment programs at BryLin Hospital on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

“We made a tough decision,” Pleskow said. “We will now refocus on what we do best, which is providing quality, hospital-based behavioral health care to the Western New York community for 67 years.”

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