Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last Tuesday more than $6 million in funding for five Brooklyn projects that will “protect and transform New York State’s health care system.”
The Brooklyn Queen Nursing Home in East New York, Central Brooklyn’s Bridging Access to Care, Crown Height’s Metro Community Health Centers Inc., Bushwick’s RiseBoro Community Partnership and Downtown Brooklyn’s The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment are the Brooklyn projects selected for the awards.
The funding is part of a $203 million budget under the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program and made available to improve and develop 95 health care centers statewide, officials explained.
“While the federal administration has spent two years working to roll back healthcare access, we are investing more than ever in programs and facilities to ensure New Yorkers get the high-quality services they need,” Governor Cuomo said. “These investments in cutting-edge infrastructure will expand 21st-century healthcare options in every corner of the state, and improve the health and wellbeing of families for decades to come.”
The program’s goal is, according to Cuomo, to reduce health care costs and improve the health outcomes of New Yorkers by expanding access to inpatient, primary, preventative and other ambulatory care services.
The Brooklyn Queens Nursing Home will receive almost $3 million to renovate its facility and create rehabilitation services on site. The RiseBoro Community Partnership Inc. was awarded $2.2 million to develop a new day treatment program in a North Brooklyn senior housing development.
Bridging Access To Care, Inc., with locations in Flatbush and Williamsburg, is getting $560,000 to renovate its clinic and invest in its IT system to upgrade the primary and behavioral health care services. Metro Community Health Centers Inc. is allocated $247,545 to renovate its facility and to expand its dental services to patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment will receive $100,000 to renovate its center and purchase new equipment to provide primary and behavioral health care to individuals impacted by the criminal justice system.
“These funds will enable our healthcare partners and facilities to further modernize and integrate healthcare services as part of our shared goal of improving patient care and access,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.