New York State Exposed Update: Vague Psych Center plans

Updated: 04/30/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 04/30/2014 6:20 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

News10NBC has new information about the state's plan to bring more dangerous mentally ill patients to the Rochester Psychiatric Center on Elmwood Avenue where there are several homes nearby. Neighborhood groups, which say people are fearful and frustrated, met with the center's director Wednesday afternoon. 

Neighbors of Elmwood Avenue say they're very concerned about the future of the Rochester Psychiatric Center. Insiders say a transition is underway inside and leaders from area neighborhood groups are concerned about what it means for the community where they live with their families. That's why a group of those leaders met with the director of the Rochester Psychiatric Center. 

Armed with a list of questions and concerns, four representatives from the nearby Upper Mount Hope and Azalea Neighborhoods, sat down with the director of the Rochester Psychiatric Center for the very first time. Dan Hurley helped organize the meeting. He says it was a chance to voice frustrations with the states' vague plans. To make it clear, residents in this neighborhood don't want the center to become a prison-like facility. This comes after the state announced a plan to close the Rochester Psychiatric Center and re-open it as the Western New York Regional Forensic Center. The new facility would have over 150 beds to serve criminals and other dangerous mentally ill individuals. 

The meeting is private, so News10NBC is not allowed to bring our cameras inside. Hurley says the goal is to open up a dialog and make the director of the center aware of the community's concerns. The public will be allowed to come with their questions at a big meeting on May 27.

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