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Commissioner Berry says state hospital closure is good

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Commissioner Frank Berry met with stakeholders to find out how the community is holding up after the recent closure of Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville.

Since the hospital's closure, Behavioral Health Crisis Service centers have been servicing the region.

Community members from all over Southwest Georgia were invited Tuesday afternoon to voice their challenges and success with the new system. Overall, Commissioner Berry of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, says the feedback has been positive.

"There's been more people that have received services in the last three months than previously when we ran the state hospital," said Commissioner Berry."So, people are getting those services closer to home, which means they're following a life of recovery and that was the goal. "

Commissioner Berry says he'll be back in a few months to check on the success of the new services. The Southwestern State Hospital closed December 31st of last year.

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