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O’Mara reacts to decision to close Elmira Psych Center

O’Mara reacts to decision to close Elmira Psych Center

Local State Senator Tom O’Mara is offering his reaction to the Cuomo Administration’s announced closure of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.

The Office of Mental Health Wednesday unveiled its plan to close psychiatric hospitals in Elmira, Binghamton and several other communities statewide next year.

O’Mara says the closure would result in the potential loss of 250 local jobs and says he is “truly angered, disappointed and disheartened” by the decision.

O’Mara says it’s a failure to recognize the fundamental importance the Psych Center has to the 11-county region.

The Office of Mental Health says layoffs are not planned and employees will be given the opportunity to transfer or retrain for other jobs.

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