Dix306 Supports Keeping the Dix Hospital Open
Dix306 unanimously supports the proposal for the Dix Hospital to
remain open and provide services for mental health as long as they are
needed. We strongly support adoption of the proposal being discussed
by our Wake County Commissioners and the NC Legislature and DHHS.
The proposal advocates keeping
32 (or more) beds open until 2011 (or longer) to provide mental health
services until the Wake County crisis facility and an addition to Holly
Hill are complete and the State has adequate hospital beds to address
mental health needs.
On Wednesday, 2007-12-05, Bill Padgett, President of Dix306 spoke before
the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee For Mental Health, Developmental
Disability and Substance Abuse System. Bill reiterated our position of
support for plans that call for continuing to use the Dorothea Dix hospital as a
mental health facility. Here is a transcript of Bill's comments before the
Members of the GA Mental Health Oversight Committee,
I am Bill Padgett, President of Dix306.
We do have a vision for a destination park on these 306 acres of land
but when/if the Dix Hospital closes. We do not support the proposed
closing of Dix or Umstead hospitals.
Many of our citizens may be days, perhaps hours away from a tragedy
that could forever change their lives and those of their family/friends.
Destination parks take decades to plan and to create... we have time.
But mental health is in a crisis today... they don't have time.
Our board adopted the following resolution in November, 2007 and it resides
on our website:
[Bill then read the resolution, which appears above]
Again speaking as a destination park advocate, let me say that
we have time but today, mental health is in a state-wide crisis and
that must be addressed. Dix306 recommends the following:
- Slow down on closing Dix and Umstead hospitals.
- Go fast on providing the staff, funding and facilities to end
our mental health crisis in NC.
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