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Caring for individuals with disabilities in the Southern Tier just got easier

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A new Binghamton center designed to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities officially opened its doors Thursday.

Located at 153 Court Street, the goal for Prime Care Coordination is to help these individuals find ways to live rewarding lives. Dozens of individuals with special abilities and their families told 12 News that being able to live on their own is a top priority, and this program will aim to do just that.

Binghamton is the fifth location in Upstate New York for Prime Care Coordination, and its continual expansion is a sign of how important these services are.The way it works is an individual and their family can meet with an enrollment coordinator and determine if the program is right for them. Next, they’re assigned a care coordinator who works to find services they need, with the goal of helping them find the freedom they’re looking for.

"Everybody with a disability or not a disability deserves to live how they desire, and certainly independence means different things to different people, whether it might be with some support or people might need higher levels of support,” said Tracy Boff, the CEO of the organization. “It’s important for them to live how they want to live.”

Services can include things like speech or physical therapy, as well as in-school help or job training.

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