(AP) - The state is implementing its controversial plan to close southeast Louisiana hospital near Mandeville and moving 60 patient beds to a similar state-run mental health facility in Pineville.
On Oct. 9, the state Department of Health and Hospitals will transfer an additional 34 beds to the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System facility in Jackson.
DHH is still identifying private partners in the New Orleans areas for the remaining 17 adult acute care beds and 50 youth patient beds.
Citing reduced federal money for Medicaid, DHH announced in July it would shutter the hospital. Department officials said they want to ensure a sustainable behavioral health care system for the future by de-emphasizing the role of large public institutions and instead building partnerships with community providers.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:16:34 GMT
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