DHHS aims for Aug. 10 Dix closure

Posted March 28, 2012

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is asking for permission to close the last remnants of the Dorothea Dix mental hospital in Raleigh on Aug. 10.

According to a memo sent to the Council of State, only 30 patients remain at Dix. Those patients would be transferred to Central Regional Psychiatric Hospital in Butner if the council, which is made up of the governor and nine other statewide elected officials, gives its approval.

The council meets on Tuesday.

Closing the hospital has been controversial. But in a memo to the council of state, DHHS says that all lawsuits over the move have been settle. If the council gives its blessing, only the General Assembly could stop the closure. If lawmakers adjourn for the year without passing a bill to stop the plan, the hospital will close.


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  • skeeter II Mar 30, 2012

    I though that there was a contract between DHHS and Wake County for 30 beds at Dix until the for-profit hospital could build an addition to their hospital under their contract with Wake County.

    Is the contract still in place? Has modifications been completed at the new north DHHS hospital for those being evaluated for ability to stand trial?

    Still think that Dix should be used as a governmental complex with new multi-story buildings and parking garage to house many of the state employees currently in leased buildings. This would save MANY dollar in the annual state budget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!