After months of planning, the Health Homes Program has moved into new office space in the Holiday Inn Arena on Hawley Street in Binghamton. The Health Homes Program, available since 2013, is a care coordination service that assists eligible clients in coordinating medical and mental health care as well as necessary community services required to maintain wellness.
The move was necessitated by significant program growth and a subsequent increase in staff. Five employees increased to 10 within the past year, and according to Program Manager Karen Calisher, future expansion is anticipated. “There was no room at the Riverside Drive office to increase staff numbers if the program continues to grow, and we already had two or three case managers per office,” she said.
At the new office site, the main area has been partitioned into separate spaces for case managers along with two private offices and a conference area for staff meetings. Most Health Homes program clients are served in their homes and provider offices, or other venues in the area, but for those clients who come into the office, the new downtown location is more centralized. Added Calisher, “Staff are very excited about the move. Not only do we have more space, we also have more private areas.”
Along with the 10 Health Homes staff members, two staff from Family & Children’s VIP program will utilize the new space. The offices these staff members vacate on Riverside Drive will be used by staff currently in temporary offices on State Street in Binghamton.