Brownell Center Rebranded as Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care

August 3, 2017

With the expansion of primary care services at Liberty Resources, the Brownell Center will now be part of Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care. Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care provides behavioral health counseling and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults along with primary care for adults (children and adolescent services to be available in the future).

“The newly rebranded Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care clearly reflects the affiliation with our parent agency and the wide array of human services Liberty Resources provides the Central New York community,” states Kim Langbart, Vice President of Liberty Resources Integrated Clinic Services, who has overseen the integration project.

Liberty Resources is a leader in providing affordable and convenient access to exceptional behavioral health care services to patients in Syracuse and surrounding communities. The success of integrated health is reliant on treating the “WHOLE” patient: mind and body. Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care administers behavioral health and primary care in collaboration with therapists, psychiatrists, doctors, family nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and support services.

Over the past 10 years, Liberty Resources’ Brownell Center (named for retired Onondaga County Mental Health Commissioner David Brownell) has grown into a state-of-the-art facility and expanded capacity from serving approximately 300 clients to more than 7,000 annually. The largest provider of outpatient mental health services in the region, Liberty Resources now offers telepsychiatry services and operates satellite clinics in Fulton, NY (Oswego County); Oneida, NY (Madison County); Rochester, NY (Monroe County) and in 12 Syracuse City Schools.

“In his role as Director of the Family Health Center, Dr. Farzad Sarmast will lead a diverse team of highly-qualified primary care practitioners along with Medical Director Dr. David Kang to provide fully integrated patient-centered care to our community,” states Liberty Resources CEO Carl Coyle.

As Liberty Resources incorporates primary care services into the behavioral health setting, ultimately resulting in improved overall health status of the clients served, the practice will increase patient capacity. Nearly 6,000 square feet will be renovated to accommodate the growth with eight new primary care exam rooms and expanded behavioral health and substance use disorder services.

In 2017, Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care is projected to serve more than 1,900 adults, children, and families in the Syracuse community with mental health diagnoses and substance use disorder. A federal SAMHSA grant has allowed Liberty Resources to expand capacity and access to primary care services, as well as increase early identification and intervention of chronic health conditions, promote health education and prevention, and ultimately improve the overall health of children and adults with mental illnesses.

The rebranding/name change will not affect patients or patient care. Current behavioral health patients will, however, be the first to be welcomed into the primary care practice and notice the name change on signage and correspondence from the agency.