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June 28, 2014

SUNY Plattsburgh awarded $4.9 million

PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh will use $4 million from the State Senate to renovate Sibley Hall, allowing the consolidation there of the Center for Neurobehavioral Health.

The project, costing about $8.5 million total and expected to get underway next summer, will include turning the two-story gymnasium into space for the center with two separate floors, likely with office space on the upper level, according to Michelle Ouellette, director of Public Relations and Publications for the college.

Now, the gym is used for recreation, she said.

“The renovation there is going to make the integration of all these (center) programs possible,” she said.

‘BETTER PUBLIC ACCESS’

The Neurobehavioral Health Center has some programs at Sibley; a number of others are in Beaumont Hall, including the Neuropsychology Clinic and part of the Traumatic Brain Injury Center.

“It’s hard for them to be fully integrated because they are so far apart, and it’s also harder for the public to access them,” Ouellette said.

The changes, a press release said, will also better connect programs such as the college’s Nexus Autism Spectrum Program, Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, Third Age Adult Day Center and Psychoeducational Services.

The state funding comes from a pool of $49 million set aside in the 2014-2015 budget for capital projects, the release said.

The Senate had to OK the project.

As well, the release said, “the move is designed to increase service capacity; provide for better public access; improve diagnostic and treatment programs; build a comprehensive, efficient service delivery system; and allow for greater collaborative research.

“It will also facilitate more undergraduate and graduate preparation in the field.”

‘A GROWING NEED’

The State University of New York Construction Fund will provide the balance of $4.5 million for the project, with completion expected in 2017.

“The creation of the Center for Neurobehavioral Health will enable SUNY Plattsburgh to help meet the needs of those suffering from neurological health problems,” said State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury).

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