1. Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

    Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

    Baystate Health’s plan to build a behavioral health hospital has left folks who work in mental health in the Pioneer Valley with a lot of questions, as well as a sense of reassurance. The new hospital will be for children and adolescents as well as adults and will serve patients with mental health and substance abuse needs, Baystate announced Monday. It will be a partnership with for-profit provider US HealthVest of New York. “It’s good to see that they are reviewing their utilization of psychiatric beds,” said Nick Fleisher, vice president of community-based services for Clinical & Support Options ...

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    1. It's good to see that they are reviewing their utilization of psychiatric beds.
    2. Though we don't yet know the full details of the plan, we look forward to continuing our collaborative relationship with Baystate Health as we work together to address the needs of people in the communities we serve.
    3. If those beds are closed it can be very difficult for patients to find the services they need if they have to travel to Springfield.
    4. As long as it's in Western Mass, people will be able to deal with it.
    5. US HealthVest is an ideal partner for this hospital.
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