Local behavioral health organizations plan to merge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two local behavioral health organizations have announced their plans to come together via a merger.

The Board of Directors for Lake Shore Behavioral Health and Child & Adolescent Treatment Services plan to become one company, employing 525 people.

The new organization would be one of western New York’s largest community-based behavioral health organizations to serve people of any age.

“Today, we celebrate what started as a formal affiliation two years ago when two like-minded organizations came together to offer a comprehensive set of behavioral health services to people of all ages,” stated current Board Chair of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services and future Board Chair of the new organization Ellen Bieler. “The new organization will occupy a distinct position in the behavioral health marketplace by providing a comprehensive array of family-focused services across the life span of health, wellness and recovery.”

(Board Chair of Child & Adolescent Treatment Services Bonnie Glazer)
(Board Chair of Child & Adolescent Treatment
Services Bonnie Glazer)

Current Lake Shore President Dr. Howard Hitzel would serve as the new company’s CEO.

“It is my distinct honor and pleasure to lead our team of stellar professionals as we combine forces with an emphasis on employing evidence-based practices, improving healthcare integration, and reducing the stigma that is too often associated with mental and behavioral health,” stated Howard Hitzel, Psy.D. “Working closely with Bonnie Glazer and other senior team members from both organizations, we plan to unveil our organization name and structure in the coming months.”

Lake Shore Behavioral Health President Dr. Howard Hitzel)
Lake Shore Behavioral Health President Dr. Howard Hitzel)

The two organizations have been formally affiliated with each other for two years. They plan to finalize their merger on the the first day of 2017.

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