SHARON, Pa. WKBN) – Protesters filled the sidewalks in front of Sharon Regional Hospital on Monday, upset over the closing of its mental health clinic.
That means 2,500 patients will need to look somewhere else for those services. The outpatient drug and alcohol program is located on Garden Way and is slated to close by Nov. 30.
The Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission said all patients will be contacted soon to help transition them to a new provider.
But protesters said closing the current facility is irresponsible.
“The resources here are so limited, and with them taking this away from this Valley, it’s just going to be a disaster. They’re looking literally to have a mental health crisis on their hands,” Jennifer Rupert of Pulaski, Pa. said.
“If they don’t have their monthly med checks, they are not going to have their medicine, will contribute to more crime, possibly more homelessness, people start self-medicating their drugs, through alcohol, through prescription drugs that are expired that they can’t use anymore,” protester Scott Duvay said.
Inpatient psychiatric care at Sharon Regional will continue.