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Mental hospital closing could affect BR region

3 years ago October 03, 2012 Oct 3, 2012 Wednesday, October 03 2012 Wednesday, October 03, 2012 4:09:45 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Mike Steele

BATON ROUGE - A controversial plan to close Southeast Louisiana Hospital could affect drug and alcohol treatment available to people in several parishes, including Livingston.

The privately-operated Florida Parishes Human Services Authority operates a 64-bed treatment center on the mental hospital grounds.  FPHSA directors say they will not be able to provide the same level of care if the hospital closes.

The rehab center benefits from leasing space on the grounds.  The center also relies on things like security, laundry services and cafeteria services from the hospital.  FPHSA officials say they may be forced to focus more attention on outpatient services if the hospital closes.

Governor Bobby Jindal announced the closure of the hospital earlier this year.  He says a cut in federal Medicaid funding after the legislative session forced him to take action.

Dozens of mental health patients are already being transferred to other state run facilities.  Governor Jindal says there will be a $200 per bed, per day savings by consolidating some of the services.

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