New Location for Mental Health Care Unit

As Nyack Hospital gets closer to offering mental health programs Rockland will begin closing down the Inpatient Mental Health Care Unit and Crisis Service this year. According to the Rockland County Mental Health Commissioner Mary Ann Walsh- Tozer the transfer of facilites makes sense because patients have to be transported by ambulance to be approved for medical treatment at Good Samaritan or Nyack Hospitals before they can be treated at the mental health unit. By moving the treatment center patients will be able to gain medical care at the same location. The process will also save the county one million dollars this year and an expected two million next year. Lauren Malone, a hospital spokeswoman, stated that about 93 county workers will lose jobs, though interviews have taken place fro 50- 60 positions at the new location. Legislator John Murphy has stated that Nyack Hospital has yet to obtain a license from the state Health Department and he thinks that they should wait to lay people off until then. According to County Executive Ed Day there is a plan B to have the county continue care if something goes wrong, though the new unit is expected to be opening in mid April.

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