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Ogdensburg mayor convenes psych center task force

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OGDENSBURG — Mayor William D. Nelson has convened a task force of community leaders and citizens to drive support for the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in response to fears that the state may close the 123-year-old facility.

The task force is made up of Mr. Nelson, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency CEO Patrick J. Kelly, county Administrator Karen M. St. Hilaire, City Manager John M. Pinkerton, county Community Services Director Angela Doe and chaired by Charles W. Kelly, Ogdensburg.

The state Office of Mental Health is holding a “listening tour” stop in Ogdensburg Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide information on its plan to improve care for the mentally ill. Part of that plan, which has been outlined conceptually but has not spelled out what it means for each state-run psychiatric center, has been to reduce reliance on inpatient care and provide more community-based support for the mentally ill.

The OMH meeting will be held at the Unity Center on the psychiatric center campus.

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