BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The state committee that will decide whether to shut down the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center spent most of its Friday hearing from the public.
The psychiatric center in the Queen City, which is one of only two state run hospitals in the state, operates on a budget of $25 million dollars each year. Next July that budget will be cut by close to $7 million.
The committee was charged by the Maine state legislature to look at all future possibilities for the hospital, including the option of closing it down all together.
On Friday, several current and past patients at the hospital, their family members and city leaders all made it clear that they want Dorothea Dix to stay open. Many patients are treated at the hospital for more than two months, which isn't always the case at private facilities like Acadia Hospital.