NY to overhaul state psychiatric care
Posted at: 07/10/2013 4:37 PM
Updated at: 07/10/2013 4:53 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York plans to overhaul its psychiatric services over the next four years by consolidating 24 inpatient hospitals into 15 regional centers and establishing two dozen outpatient hubs.
The plan released to The Associated Press by the Office of Mental Health on Wednesday begins in 2014 and is expected to save $20 million the first year.
Acting Commissioner Kristin Woodlock says it will expand community services and let individuals and families choose where to get treatment by eliminating geographic restrictions.
The state spends more than $6 billion a year on mental health treatment, 20 percent of which is spent on inpatient care for just 1 percent of its patients.
The number of people in New York psychiatric hospitals on any given day has dropped to about 4,000 from 93,000 in the 1950s.
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