State Senate meeting held on alleged downsizing of Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills

Many are worried that the state will allow Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills to be downsized. The state Office of Mental Health announced

Staff members say the cuts are just a

Staff members say the cuts are just a backdoor way to pull the plug on in-patient services.

WOODBURY - Many are worried that the state will allow Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills to be downsized.

The state Office of Mental Health announced a plan to close the center last year, but had a change of heart after protests from parents and staff. Some staff members at Sagamore claim that the state has cut personnel at the facility, limiting the number of patients that can be admitted.

They say the cuts are just a backdoor way to pull the plug on in-patient services.

State Sen. Phil Boyle organized a hearing Thursday to try and sort things out. Boyle says representatives from the Office of Mental Health were supposed to attend, but did not.

He is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resolve the issue and keep Sagamore open as an in-patient facility.

Sagamore is the only state facility on Long Island that provides treatment for children with severe mental illness.

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