Thursday July 20, 2017

OH Awarded Grant to Transform Behavioral Health Services

Oswego Health to direct $13K toward behavioral health services

    Oswego Health was recently awarded a $13 million grant from the New York State Department of Health that the health system will use to transform its behavioral health services in the county.

    “This is wonderful news for Oswego Health,” said President and CEO Michael Harlovic. “I’d like to thank Gov. Andrew Cuomo for recognizing the importance of providing exceptional behavioral health services locally.”

    “The continued development of behavioral health services is an important initiative of the health system’s board of directors and I look forward to working on the outlined improvements to our hospital and outpatient services,” Harlovic said. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our local, state and federal officials who helped achieve this grant award, along with Daniel Sheppard, NYSDOH deputy health commissioner, Office of Primary Care and Health Systems, who worked diligently to make this happen and who I will personally thank when we meet in the upcoming weeks.”

    In terms of population health, Oswego County has high death rates from lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases, according to the Oswego County Health Assessment 2014-2017 report.

    “It is alarming that the county has the highest adult smoking rate and obesity rate among all its neighboring counties, and highest school student obesity rate in the state,” the report states. “Obesity and smoking are associated with lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and diabetes. The heavy disease burden from these deadly conditions in the county could be alleviated by community behavioral changes.”

    Oswego Health has provided behavioral health services to county residents for more than 35 years. The health system provides care at its BHS division at the Oswego County Building on Bunner Street in Oswego, and at its child and family services department on North Second Street in Fulton.