From under 100 clients to a peak of 792 earlier this year, Gateway Longview’s
Behavioral Health Clinic Invites Community to Share in Milestone Celebration
Buffalo, NY – On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Gateway Longview’s main Behavioral Health Clinic will host a community Open House in celebration of 5 years of service to hundreds of Western New York children and families. The event, which will run from 2:30-5:30pm at the clinic’s main offices at 10 Symphony Circle, will also showcase all Behavioral Health Services and the newly remodeled clinic office space.
“We established our clinic in 2012 with four clinicians and one part-time psychiatrist,” said Kristy D’Angelo, vice president of behavioral health services for Gateway Longview. “That initial year, we saw less than 100 clients. It’s amazing to think that five years later, we have more than quadrupled our clinical staff, we are seeing just under 800 clients and families, and we have established satellite offices in 32 school districts in Erie and Niagara counties. I could not have imagined on our first day that we could come so far in such a short period of time.”
Thanks to the generous support of community partners, including the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Gateway Longview’s Behavioral Health Services, with their outpatient clinic, continues to expand. In an effort to address the increasing mental health needs of children and adolescents ranging from 3-21 years of age, the team has grown to a diversified group of seven social workers, seven mental health counselors, one licensed marriage and family therapist and three art therapists. As a solution-focused, trauma-informed care agency, the program also has several staff who specialize in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Progressive Counting Therapy. Both groundbreaking methods are used to support treatment associated with traumatic memories.
Furthermore, to address the growing number of students who struggle with a mental health related challenge, Gateway Longview’s Behavioral Health Clinic continues to expand its partnerships with school districts across Erie and Niagara counties. Serving kindergartners through high school seniors, clinicians from the Agency will be in elementary, middle and high school buildings of 32 districts this academic year. It is estimated that one in five students face a mental health challenge each year, and in 2015, over 50% of clinical appointments made supported children under the age of 12.
“Our partnerships with districts continue to grow each year,” said D’Angelo, who most recently expanded services in the Niagara Falls city school district. “By being available right in the school buildings themselves, we are able to meet students where they are, and we mitigate some of the barriers, such as transportation and scheduling, that can prohibit getting needed care. We have been welcomed by schools in urban, suburban and rural communities alike – families know how important mental health services are, and by working together creatively, we can help to address these needs early, before they become larger.”
Gateway Longview’s Main Clinic is located at 10 Symphony Circle in downtown Buffalo and currently sees patients residing in Erie and Niagara Counties. The clinic is affiliated with most major insurance carriers in the region and also serves those receiving Medicaid. Clients are never refused services for an inability to pay, as the Agency’s billing department works with families to determine a sliding fee scale when needed. With support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Buffalo Rotary Foundation, the clinic recently completed an in-house renovation and added medical grade furniture to clinical offices and waiting areas.
Additional Behavioral Health Services showcased at the Open House include Care Coordination, Health Homes, KinCares Family Support Services, and Vendor Support Services.