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Psych Center Debate; Meeting set in Binghamton

Written By: Joe Melillo

The planned closure of the Elmira Psychiatric Center and the Greater Binghamton Health Center is still stirring up lots of debate.

Psych Center Debate; Meeting set in Binghamton

September 23, 2013
Southern Tier (WENY) - The planned closure of the Elmira Psychiatric Center and the Greater Binghamton Health Center is still stirring up lots of debate. The latest public forum on the issue is today in Binghamton. The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier wants the public's opinion on the potential closure. In July, the state Office of Mental Health announced it would be consolidating New York's 24 State Psychiatric Hospitals into 15 regional centers over three years.
    
It's said to save about 20 million statewide in the first year. The plan would end inpatient services at the Elmira Psychiatric Center as early as next summer. The Town hall meeting is from 4 to 6 today at 153 Court Street in Binghamton.