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Behavioral Health Services for Finger Lakes Health to stop accepting patients today

Feb 11, 2019 | ,

Little more than a week after a spokesperson for Finger Lakes Health told the media that the behavioral health unit in Penn Yan would not shut down until the state approved it – employees of Soldiers & Sailors learned Friday that care would be 'discontinued' effective Monday, February 11th.

A spokesperson with the Hospital confirmed the decision on Friday, and told the media that after the weekend – no new patients would be admitted. The staff Psychiatrist's last day is February 15th, and given the average length of stay for a patient – new ones will not be accepted beginning today; Monday, February 11th.

It’s the same day the Yates County Legislature is expected to pass a resolution opposing the units closure, which is an ‘active conversation’ with state agencies according to the Chronicle-Express in Penn Yan.

After February 15th the unit will not have a psychiatrist, according to the spokesperson. However, the John D. Kelly Behavioral Health Center will continue to serve adults.

Efforts to recruit another doctor for the inpatient unit have been unsuccessful, but are continuing.

Officials are in active conversation with state agencies, and did not call the discontinuation of services a permanent closure.

Beginning Monday, those in crisis who come to the emergency department at Soldiers & Sailors will be evaluated by a crisis worker – a licensed social worker – then transferred to a mental health unit elsewhere if admission if appropriate.

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