Singer Mental Health Center will stop admitting people on October 1st, and the state hopes to have the facility completely closed by the end of next month.
Money will be provided to expand in-patient psychiatric services and intensive mental health crisis services throughout the community
"Is a wonderful opportunity to improve that system of care, and we believe that we are going to have a better system of care for people that struggle in a psychiatric crisis," said president and CEO of Rosecrance Philip Eaton.
But the vote now means Singer patients and their families will have to find new place to go for services, and it also means many workers at Singer will soon be without a job.
It's a move local AFSCME
representatives say isn't good for the greater
"The most violent, mentally ill people that are the most desperate, the most mentally ill people can be taken in by these community organizations, I think they're willing to take the states money and they've agreed to do that," said AFSCME spokesperson Richard Berg. "But they're not going to be able to take care of these patients."
says AFSCME is currently working on pursing legal action that if successful
could end with a judge blocking the recent vote to close singer