Concerns Mount Over Jobs & Care At Psych Center


The chairman of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force says he is concerned about what happens to the job commitment and quality of care promise made by acting Office of Mental Health Commissioner Kristin Woodlock now that she has resigned.
Chuck Kelly says he remains skeptical of the state's guarantee of 520 jobs when the inpatient services for adults and children are closed in Ogdensburg and in the next three years.

Woodlock announced she is stepping down at the end of the month.

Kelly says the local task force is hoping to set up a meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo in hopes of reversing the state's mental health restructuring plan.
"Where are you going to have the people work? Are you going to take their benefits away from them and have reduced jobs? That's not good either," said Kelly.
Kelly says the potential lack of an inpatient psychiatric center in Ogdensburg will require patients and families to travel long distances for services.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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