Central State Hospital Ending Adult Mental Health Services

11:52 AM, Jan 21, 2010   |    comments
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The state agency in charge of Central State Hospital in Milledgeville says it plans to permanently move adult mental health services to other hospitals.

A state agency says the shift will move about 200 jobs out of Milledgeville.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities says the hospital will still handle development disabilities, nursing home patients, and those in its maximum security facility.

The agency says it plans to move or discharge the few adult mental health patients at the hospital by March 1st.

Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Dr. Frank Shelp says they originally stopped new admissions to Central State to fix problems related to safety and treatment at the hospital.

"What we've found through that process is that other hospital have been well able to accommodate those individuals," says Shelp.

About 200 workers will be affected by the change. The hospital's leadership plans to move them to other areas of the hospital or other hospitals that are understaffed.

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