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Legislators support St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force

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CANTON — St. Lawrence County legislators at a committee meeting Monday approved a resolution in support of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force in requesting amendment of the state Office of Mental Health’s regional centers of excellence plan.

The plan classifies the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center as a regional hub. It would mean the removal of all adult and children inpatient services to facilities in Syracuse and Utica.

Legislators also fear a loss of jobs if the plan is implemented.

They support the task force’s efforts to amend the plan to include the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center as a northern center of excellence and in so doing, keep three inpatient adult wards and three inpatient youth wards.

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