Savannah mental health facility will remain open

SAVANNAH -- Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah will remain open under a revised plan developed by state officials for mental health services in the region.

The local site will retain 20 of 35 acute psychiatric beds along with 32 new crisis stabilization beds under Dr. Frank Shelp, commissioner of the newly created Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The future of another 34 long-term chronic beds remains unaddressed, as well as the future of 70 forensic beds, said June DiPolito, director of Pinelands mental heath in Statesboro.

The local site serves 44 counties in coastal Georgia.

Georgia Regional has been in jeopardy since February, when state Department of Human Resources Commissioner B.J. Walker announced a new model for mental health services for the state.

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