The residential care center housed on the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center grounds will be phased out by Nov. 2, with remaining patients being sent to Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood.
According to a spokesman with the New York State Office of Mental Health, 75 patients still remain at RCCA, a residential services program that provides support to those who find it difficult to live in a more independent setting, and will be transferred to a 325-bed unit program at Pilgrim. The state began the phase out in December 2011.
Brian X. Foley, deputy state parks regional director said, speaking at the Thursday evening Kings Park Civic Association meeting, the building will "continue to have public purpose" and that the Department of Environmental Conservation may move its Marine Bureau, which is currently located in South Setauket, to the empty space.
The State-Operated Community Residence, which has two 24-bed residences, will remain open along with the two residences located at the entrance of the property at Kings Park Boulevard and Rt. 25a.
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