NAMI Maine Recommends Closing Psychiatric Center in Bangor 

Close the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor.That’s one of twenty recommendations from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine as ways for the state to save money while improving services.Carol Carothers, executive director of NAMI Maine says it costs nearly half a million dollars a year per person to provide services at Dorothea Dix: she says closing the facility would save the state more than $26-million per year.Carothers says more community support services are needed to help the state’s mental health patients. Carothers also says if the closure does happen individual plans would be developed for each of the patients at the facility.Linda Abernethy, hospital superintendent, tells us while she agrees that the facility could do some things to save money, closing Dorothea Dix should not be the first course of action.Abernethey agrees the community support is crucial, but also says periodically people do need hospitalization, and it’s typically not a quick stay.To read all of the reccomendations from NAMI-Maine visit