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DHHS aims for Aug. 10 Dix closure

Posted March 28, 2012 5:54 p.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2012 5:58 p.m. EDT

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.