Cuomo says 3 psychiatric hospitals to stay open

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says psychiatric hospitals in northern New York and the Southern Tier that were scheduled to close next year will instead continue treating adults and children.

State officials say the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg will keep 68 beds, including 28 for children and adolescents, while another 50 community residential beds will be established.

The Greater Binghamton Health Center will maintain 16 children beds, 60 adult beds and add 60 community residential beds. The Elmira Psychiatric Center will maintain 18 beds for children, 48 adult beds and 48 community residential beds.

All three will close one adult ward.

In July, officials announced plans to overhaul the state’s psychiatric services over four years by consolidating 24 in-patient hospitals statewide into 15 regional centers and establishing outpatient service hubs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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