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Nassau County moves to open a mental health clinic in Long Beach

An Oct. 14, 2014 file photo shows Long

An Oct. 14, 2014 file photo shows Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Nassau County announced plans yesterday to re-establish a mental health clinic in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy shuttered services in the area in 2012.

The county's Office of Mental Health is seeking a licensed behavioral treatment agency to provide services in the area and has set a Friday deadline for interested agencies to submit a proposal to the county.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in a news release his "administration is committed to ensuring that residents of Long Beach and surrounding communities have easy access to behavioral health care."

"I'm proud that we could help restore these critical resources lost in Superstorm Sandy," Mangano said.

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said the county is hoping to open the clinic by September.

Once the clinic opens, it will receive $200,000 in annual funding to provide mental health services previously provided by Long Beach Medical Center, officials said.

The money is part of $2.7 million in state funding provided to Nassau this year to bolster mental health programs following the closure of psychiatric units at Long Beach Medical Center and Glen Cove Hospital. This includes funding to create Mobile Residential Support Teams that will travel to communities to provide services, and programs aimed at promoting independent living among mental health patients.

Part of the funding will also be used to develop urgent-care programs at the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights, and at the Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Center in Hicksville. Funding will also be used at Nassau University Medical Center to provide counseling for youth patients receiving emergency room services and their families.

Mangano said $295,000 of the funding will be directed to Long Beach Aware, an agency that aims to curb substance abuse.

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