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April 10, 2014

Bassett to close psychiatric unit

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Plans for more community-based services were being made whether the Bassett crisis unit remained viable or not, she said.

“We need to do more in our communities,” Matt said. “The goal is to help people early on so they don’t get to a point were they need hospitalization.”

Matt said the MCAT program already serves Oneida and Herkimer counties and has had successful rates of treating patients, intervention and preventing hospitalization.

With a transition from inpatient psychiatric care, Bassett will be able to re-allocate remaining resources and focus on expanding and strengthening its community and school-based outpatient mental health services, according to the release.

Bassett will try to place staff affected by the closure in other positions at Bassett Medical Center or connect staff with opportunities elsewhere within the Bassett Healthcare Network, the release said. If staff prefer, the organization can connect them with job transition services outside of Bassett.

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