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St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, circa 1930
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, circa 1930

Ogdensburg leaders speak out for psych center

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The state Office of Mental Health (OMH) plans a public forum this month at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. The office is considering downsizing, and even closing some of its facilities.

Leaders in Ogdensburg are speaking out: they say they want the North Country center to remain open.

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Julie Grant
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The state announced in March it wants to increase outpatient services for the mentally ill, and reduce inpatient services (more on the OMH's plans and local concerns from NCPR's Inbox blog).

According to the Watertown Daily Times, the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency and the Industrial Development Agency Tuesday expressed opposition to closing the St. Lawrence Center.

The former publisher of the Ogdensburg Journal is also speaking out. In a letter to North Country Now, Chuck Kelly the St. Lawrence Center has provided psychiatric care for patients across the region  for at least 120 years.

He says hundreds of jobs would be lost if the psych center closes. And he warned that patients who need immediate care would be placed on waiting lists, or sent  out of the region.

The state's public forum at the Center is scheduled for May 15. Registration is required.


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