By Gregg McQueen
They’re betting on the beds.
Advocates are ramping up pressure on NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) to prevent the elimination of the 30-bed inpatient psychiatric unit at the Allen Hospital.
In December 2017, NYP submitted a plan to the New York State Department of Health to decertify all inpatient psychiatric beds at the hospital by summer 2018.
A backlash from community members, registered nurses and elected officials led NYP to press pause on the issue, and delay closure for at least another year.
Groups opposing the move — including the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and National Alliance on Mental Illness’s NYC-Metro Chapter — have scheduled a rally and press conference outside of the Allen Hospital for Thurs., July 11th at 6 p.m.
The groups have formed a coalition called Save Allen Psych that has sponsored a town hall and postcard drive protesting the closure, which advocates said could happen at the end of June.