Just in time for Ogdensburg's biggest event of the year, signs are cropping up that show support for the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center.
The signs - and t-shirts - are part of a campaign organized by a local task force which is trying to undo a state plan to close inpatient services at the psychiatric center.
The state has said closing the adult and children's inpatient units will not result in any layoffs, a claim that is viewed skeptically in Ogdensburg.
Yard signs reading "Save SLPC" and "SLPC Equals Excellence" line the parade route for Saturday's Seaway Festival parade. In addition, t-shirts supporting the psychiatric center went on sale for $10 Friday.
"The CSEA unit got btogether and got the t-shirts to us today, they rushed everything through the printer so we could hand them out prior to the Seaway Festival parade," said John Pinkerton, Ogdensburg's city manager and a member of the task force.
"We want to get the message out. This is a good time to do that."
The state is looking to close adult and children's inpatient services over the next three years as part as a restructuring of mental health services geared towards community outpatient services.
Anyone who would like to reserve a sign or t-shirt is asked to contact the Ogdensburg City Manager's Office at 393-6100
Monday, May 30, 2016, Watertown, NY
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