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Updated: 02/27/2014 08:00:02AM

A mistake that just won’t go away

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Tomorrow will mark 14 years since G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital closed its doors after 55 years of providing care for Florida’s most vulnerable citizens, the mentally ill. My writing about it is certainly not the only reminder for those who knew of it, for we are reminded weekly, if not daily, of the need for such a facility when we watch the news, read the newspaper, or even pay attention in our communities.

Closing GPW was a mistake and I’ll always believe that. It was failure on the part of those who knew better. Those making this decision promised that better care would be taken of residents who called GPW home for many years, if they were transferred to other facilities, integrated into our communities in group homes, and even set up in their own apartments. Quality treatment would come in the form of treatment teams that would monitor their behavior with weekly visits, as opposed to the daily care they received at GPW. Funds would be available for programs and care, and everyone would live happily ever after.

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