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Catholic Health and BryLin exploring possible collaboration

The Catholic Health hospital system and BryLin Behavioral Health System are in talks over a possible collaboration.

The organizations said Thursday that discussions will continue as they explore in more detail how they may come together and what that might mean for changes in services.

“We have been talking over the past few months to see where it makes sense for our two organizations to work together,” Joe McDonald, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health, said in a prepared statement. “Both Catholic Health and BryLin offer inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services, so there are synergies as we determine the best way to serve our patients and community.”

He and Eric Pleskow, BryLin's president and chief executive officer, said there is a growing need in Western New York for expanded mental health and substance abuse services, especially with the significant increase in opioid-related addictions and overdoses.

“With discussions like this, it is a long-term process,” Pleskow said in a statement. “As we get closer to determining what this collaboration will look like, we will certainly share the details with our community.”

BryLin’s operations include an 88-bed hospital on Delaware Avenue that houses a private inpatient behavioral health program for children, adolescents and adults; an outpatient behavioral health center in Williamsville, which provides adult mental health services; and an outpatient substance abuse clinic in Williamsville, providing addictions services for adolescents and adults with alcohol or substance abuse issues.

Catholic Health is a major regional provider of specialty and primary care, and includes Mercy, Sisters, Kenmore Mercy and Mount St. Mary's hospitals.

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