Sunday, June 12, 2005

It's not just Pennsylvania

South Carolina is selling its state hospital for the mentally ill:
The sale of the 178-acre State Hospital grounds could bring as much as $14 million to the Mental Health Department for one-time building improvements.

A temporary law approved last month allows most state agencies to keep half of what they make from the sale of property.

The agency has considered spending $2 million to renovate the now-closed Crafts-Farrow State Hospital on near Interstate 20 and moving the few patients remaining at the downtown Columbia facility there.

About 70 of the most severely mentally ill children in the state remain hospitalized at the downtown facility, but patients are supposed to be moved in the coming year.


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