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Dix patients transferred as state debates next step

Posted December 20, 2010

— The state's oldest mental hospital transferred some of its last patients Monday, effectively closing the facility in an effort to save the state an estimated $17 million.

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services decided to shut down most operations at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh as the state faces a projected $3.7 billion deficit.

Patients were moved to Central Regional Hospital in Butner and Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.

Patients in the minimum-security forensics unit, which houses criminals with mental illnesses who have been ordered by a judge to undergo treatment, remain at the hospital.

Gov. Bev Perdue announced her desire to consolidate all forensics patients at Dix and hire a private company to manage the unit last week. The DHHS has already issued a notice requesting information from interested private vendors.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker envisions turning the 306-acre property into a regional park, modeled after New York's Central Park. He said Perdue's plan to keep the forensics unit at Dix would not be a major hurdle to building a large park on the campus.

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  • Pumpkin Dec 21, 3:26 p.m.

    "hire a private company to manage" - how can we afford that? Who is doing the managing now? Why can't they continue to manage the consolidated patients? This movement probably cause some folk to be without a job, so why are we going to hire someone to manage these patients when they can hire from within.

  • awr117 Dec 21, 3:04 p.m.

    A park? Seriously? Save that area for whenever the Canes need a new arena. They should be located downtown near the city. A park isn't going to liven up the city!

  • katzpauz Dec 21, 2:50 p.m.

    The State is broke....sale the land, it is worth millions. If someone wants to BUY it and make it a park, then so be it....BUT, make them buy it at fair market price.

  • cad Dec 21, 2:07 p.m.

    That land does not belong to the City of Raleigh, Mayor Meeker!

  • Hater like Darth Vader Dec 21, 12:35 p.m.

    Yeah she sounds like a prime candidate for my method of treatment. The thing with murderers that are deemed incompetent to go on trial is that the crazy killers are no less dangerous and no more productive to society than the sane ones.

  • rebecca7 Dec 21, 11:50 a.m.

    Oh My Hater Like Darth Vader!

    I actually knew someone in Dix for murdering her ex-husband... I've never heard anything more on the status of her going to trial. She was ordered their to undergo treatment with the hopes that she could be brought to trial, but that was over 10 years ago.