HELP SAVE PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES AT NORTH ADAMS REGIONAL HOSPITAL
North Adams Regional Hospital’s Greylock Pavilion offers a comprehensive program for adults requiring acute psychiatric care. There is already a shortage of behavioral health treatment beds in Massachusetts and if Greylock Pavilion were to close, patients and families woUld have to travel far from North County for their care and more patients would crowd the emergency department at the hospital. For this reason the Department of Public Health conducted a Hearing on November 1. Subsequently, DPH issued a finding that the services the hospital intends to close are “necessary for preserving access and health status in the Hospital’s service area.”
CONTACT THE BERKSHIRE COUNTY DELEGATION!
Email messages, phone calls, letters, as well as letters to the editors work! At the community forum held on December 10, in response to DPH’s request that the Hospital “work with the community to assess options other than closure” it was recommended that the public contact their legislators to express their concerns regarding this closure. By contacting one or more of the legislators below you can make your voice heard and help delay the closure.
—Senator Benjamin B. Downing, Pittsfield, Phone: (413) 442-4008 Email: Benjamin.Downing@masenate.gov
—Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi, North Adams Phone: (617) 722-2450 Email: Gailanne.Cariddi@mahouse.gov
—Representative Paul W. Mark, Peru Phone: (413) 464-5635 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
—Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, Lenox Phone: (413) 637-0631 Email: email@example.com
—Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier Pittsfield Phone: (413) 442-4300 Email: Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov
SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS
1. Stop the practice of limiting admissions to residents of Berkshire County, as this practice denies access to much needed care for people in neighboring communities and prevents the hospital from admitting enough patients to make Greylock Pavilion viable. This will stop the financial losses stemming from low patient census.
2. Delay the closing of the Greylock Pavilion, as DPH is recommending. This would allow time for the hospital to work with the community and community mental health providers on a sustainable solution for maintaining this essential service in North Adams.
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