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Brooklyn health centers get state funding for renovations

February 8, 2019 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Health care centers in Brooklyn will be getting a piece of the pie when New York state doles out the cash for capital improvement projects, according to a plan announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

Cuomo announced that his administration is pumping $204 million into health care centers to support 95 projects around the state. The funding, which is coming from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, is designed to help health care facilities improve their physical spaces and enable them to provide better assistance to their patients, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office.

Of the $204 million, health care centers in New York City are slated to get $77.7 million.

The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment, located in Downtown Brooklyn, is in line to receive $100,000 to renovate its facility and purchase new equipment to provide primary care and behavioral health care to young people and adults impacted by the criminal justice system.

The Brooklyn-Queens Nursing Home in East New York will receive $2.9 million to renovate its space and create rehabilitation services at its center.

The state is providing $2 million to Pesach Tikvah Hope Development Inc. in Williamsburg for the construction of a new facility to increase access for patients seeking primary care and mental health services.

Bridging Access to Care Inc., with locations in Flatbush and Williamsburg, will receive $560,000 to upgrade its clinical space and improve access to primary care and behavioral health care services.

Metro Community Health Centers Inc. in Crown Heights is getting $247,545 to renovate its plant to provide expanded dental services to patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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The funding will seek to address long-term care needs of communities throughout the state for health care centers providing inpatient services, primary care, mental health and substance use services, Cuomo said.

“While the federal administration has spent two years working to roll back health care access, we are investing more than ever in programs and facilities to ensure New Yorkers get the high-quality services they need. These investments in cutting-edge infrastructure will expand 21st century health care options in every corner of the state and improve the health and wellbeing of families for decades to come,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul called the funding a “critical investment.”

“Access to affordable, high-quality health care is a basic human right. This critical investment will improve access and deliver expanded medical services for every level of care. Our commitment to the health care needs of all New Yorkers is strengthened by this significant funding,” Hochul stated.

For a complete list of all the recipients, visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/nyc_awardees.pdf.

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