Lawmakers hold hearing on proposed closing of the BX Psychiatric Center

State and local lawmakers met Tuesday to discuss the fate of the Bronx Psychiatric Center.

Earlier this year, Governor Pataki (R-NY) introduced a plan to shut down the Bronx center and the Children's Psychiatric Hospital, citing a lack of state money to keep them up and running. He says the money saved by closing the two sites would free up resources to spend on other health care needs.

The plan was later rejected by the state Legislature, but now the governor is looking to introduce the proposal again along with his new budget. That's why City Council members and state lawmakers gathered at City Hall to discuss the matter.

If the two locations were to close, the Bronx would be the only borough without a mental health facility. Patients would then have to be transferred to other area hospitals.

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