Genoa to open first N.Y. integrated behavioral health pharmacy


BAY SHORE, N.Y. — Genoa on Thursday announced its first pharmacy in New York state with an event at the Long Island-based social service agency Family  Service League. Once the pharmacy opens, Genoa will operate 330 full-service pharmacies within community mental health centers and social services agencies. 


“This is a momentous occasion not only for Genoa, but also for behavioral health organizations in the state of New York,” Genoa chief commercial officer Mark Peterson said. “We are excited that the state board of pharmacy has granted us the opportunity to operate a truly integrated pharmacy within a clinic, so we can bring our proven model of care to the state of New York, where millions of individuals live with a mental illness.”


Genoa’s pharmacies offer personalized services to patients and have a neighborhood pharmacy atmosphere, the company said. Being on-site allows pharmacists to work closely with prescribers nurses and caseworkers, and a recent study found improved outcomes and reduced costs among the behavioral health population at centers with a Genoa pharmacy. 


"Family Service League is delighted to partner with Genoa and honored to have been chosen as the first human service organization in New York State to have a Genoa pharmacy on-site," stated Karen Boorshtein, LCSW, President & CEO of Family Service League. "The pharmacy will benefit our clients by making it easier for them to obtain their medications, improving their medication adherence and leading to improved overall health."


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