The Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (BHWC) provides comprehensive mental health services to individuals who have mental health concerns, behavior problems, emotional distress, and co-occurring disorders. The BHWC is a New York State Office of Mental Health, Licensed Outpatient Clinic. At the BHWC, clients are able to be screened, evaluated and treated based on their individual needs. Services provided at the BHWC include psychiatric evaluation, comprehensive assessments, individual/family verbal therapy, medication management (including psychotropic injections), health monitoring and education. These services are provided to any and all clients who meet criteria and need for services in our community.
The BHWC maintains strong linkages with all community-based services including but not limited to DSS, Social Security Administration, substance abuse services, transportation systems, vocational training programs, community-based providers, and NRCIL.
The BHWC staff is inclusive of a NYS Licensed Psychiatrist (Clinic Medical Director), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NPP), Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), and a diverse set of therapist with various levels of knowledge, treatment modalities and years of experience (LMSW, LCSW, LCSW-R, LMHC).
The philosophical approach to treatment and care within our clinic is a client-centered, strength-based, psychotherapeutic model which includes evidence-based treatment, education and support services to empower individuals so that they may achieve their highest level of functioning.
Evidence-based interventions will be utilized based on the identified needs of those seeking help, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, dialectical behavior skills, psychodynamic therapy, and/or a variety of other approaches which will facilitate positive change and wellness.
Individuals and families can be evaluated/assessed and treated at our main clinic site, located in Lowville or at one of our satellite locations. Our satellite locations are within the Beaver River Health Center, the South Lewis Health Center or at Transitional Living Services in Watertown. We can also provide therapeutic services (individual/family verbal therapy) in the following school districts: Lowville Academy and Central School District, South Lewis Central School District and Copenhagen Central School District.
Referrals can be submitted on behalf of self, friend/family member, school, primary care or any other entity. They can be submitted in person, by fax, or taken over the phone. Once received our friendly administrative staff will be in contact to further review and discuss your referral and needs.
The BHWC accepts a wide variety of insurances, to include but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, Fidelis, BC/BS, and other private insurances; if you are unsure if your insurance is accepted, please contact our clinic to further inquire.
Our main site in Lowville is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm and Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Our Satellite clinic located in Watertown at Transitional Living Services is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Our school and health center satellite clinics operate based on their regular operating schedule.
The BHWC crisis line services are available 24 hours a day. During normal business hours for the Lowville site, you may call (315) 376-5450; outside of these business hours, evenings, weekends you may call (315) 405-0696 to be connected directly to one of our licensed clinicians.