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Privatizing Forensic Treatment Opposed in Pennsylvania

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed change to the Department of Public Welfare to contract out operation of the Forensic Psychiatric units at Torrance State Hospital and Norristown State Hospital to save the State three-million dollars and cut four-hundred jobs, is not favorable.

During hearings on Wednesday, several lawmakers questioned whether the State could ensure that safety would be maintained if services for potentially dangerous and mentally unstable individuals were performed by a private company.

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Patients Flooding Emergency Room

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The Quincy Medical Center is overburdened with psychiatric patients and nowhere to send them, so the hospital erected twenty beds in a conference room to hold them until a bed opens elsewhere. South Shore Hospital was able to provide beds in its emergency room and admitted some to its floors, but neither of these hospitals have a psychiatric department.

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health has lost $85 million in funding through budget cuts since 2009 and has proposed cutting $21.4 million more.

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URBAN EXPLORER Movie Screening

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The Clarity Screening Room in Beverly Hills, California will hold on screening on March 31st at 5pm for the movie URBAN EXPLORER, directed by Andy Fetscher. Fangoria is giving away 30 tickets – to obtain one check out the link below.

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Site Anaylsis and Concept Plan

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

View the Site Analysis for Westborough State Hospital here.

View the Concept for Westborough State Hospital here.

Residents Scoff at Land Plans

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

At the Forbes Municipal Building, proposals were presented for the future of Westborough State Hospital, which mostly consisted of townhouses, apartments, multifamily units, restaurants, shops, assisted living and office space.

There will be another meeting held to discuss the fiscal impact of the proposal. The proposals can be reviewed online on the town of Westborough’s website.

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Preston Residents Petition for Sale of Hospital

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

One-hundred and fifty residents signed a petition asking the board of selectmen to schedule a town meeting that would ask voters whether the town should accept World LLC’s offer to buy a portion of Norwich.

If approved by selectmen, a town meeting would be scheduled to ask voters whether the town should accept World LLC’s offer to buy – World LLC has made repeated offers to buy the property.

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Passage of Bill for Reuse Project

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and Senator Mark Grisanti have announced the passage of a bill to allow the transfer of forty-two acres from the State Office of Mental Health to the Richardson Corporation of Buffalo State Hospital.

The first phase of the plan will greatly enhance the landscape. Within the Towers building and two flanking wards, a Buffalo Architecture Center, regional Buffalo Niagara Convention, Visitors Bureau Center, boutique hotel and event/conference space will exist. The three future phases of the project will advance complementary arts and cultural uses and State programs.

The remaining buildings will be stabilized and mothballed.

www.richardson-olmsted.com

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