Ellsworth County psychiatric program to close

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) A Salina hospital is closing its psychiatric residential treatment program in Ellsworth County.

Saint Francis Community Services says a lack of referrals forced it to consolidate its operations in Saline and Ellsworth counties.

The hospital’s lawyer, Kevin Carrico, says the programs will be consolidated within 60 days. He says in March the programs had 500 placements but by September less than 300 youth were screened for the programs.

The agency has a total of 30 residents at its two facilities. That’s roughly half the programs’ capacity.

The Salina Journal reports that the program administrators did not believe the decrease in use was temporary and thought the programs should be consolidated to make better use of resources.

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