Friday: Save The Psych Center Signs Go Up
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
Friday, December 19, 2014, Watertown, NY
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