Residential Care Center on Psych Center Property Being Phased Out

Remaining patients at RCCA will be sent to Pilgrim Psychiatric Hospital by November.


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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John K Massaro September 22, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Because Brookhaven Hamlet is boring & bland. They roll the sidewalks up around here after 9pm. Lol. Hell, we don't even have an "uptown" over here! A deli, a pizza place, the post office & a fire department. Blink & you'll miss this place. As soon as I get the chance, I'll be back in KP, lickety split. (Now is when you reply with something like "We don't want you here" or something NIMBY like that) Besides, a troll is someone who makes NEGATIVE posts on everything. I'm not negative on anything. Especially Kings Park. Try again...
Jennifer Sloat September 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Comments need to be clean, non-threatening and no personal attacks.
John K Massaro September 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
My apologies....
michael January 23, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I can tell you why I dont want them there- Way too close to WTR MS and RJI IS- Havent we learned enough from Sandy Hook?? Psych patients should not be near our children-period!!!!!!!!!!
kptree January 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM
@michael- the Kings Park Psychiatric Center was opened in 1885. The schools you mention opened along time afterward. The students and teachers did not have any incidents with the patients. Your remarks are 1. ignorant 2. bigoted 3. hateful. Not to mention, replete with false information and misunderstanding. The Newtown shooter was not a "psych patient", nor had he ever been committed to a facility. Maybe if he had, and help was available, the tragedy could have been averted.


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