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Online petitions to save psychiatric centers

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Online petitions to save psychiatric centers
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SOUTHERN TIER, N.Y. -- After receiving news that two Southern Tier Psych Centers would be merged with Central and Western New York facilities, residents in the Southern Tier are calling for a change.

In just one week's time, more than 1,200 people have taken part in a petition to keep mental health services available at the Greater Binghamton Health Center and more than 750 have signed the petition to save Elmira Psychiatric Center.

The Office of Mental Health announced its Regional Center Of Excellence plan last week, which would relocate more than 300 jobs from the Binghamton facility and 250 from Elmira.

Leaders are asking all who want to join in the fight to sign the online petitions at www.tomlibous.com and www.omara.nysenate.gov.

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