February, 23 2018
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Adolescent ward will shut down at Oregon State Hospital
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is shutting down its ADOLESCENT TREATMENT ward at the Oregon State Hospital.
Officials are transferring 16 teenagers with histories of mental illness to community TREATMENT PROGRAMS.
That will mark the end of a PROGRAM once reserved for the state's most seriously mentally ill children, dating back to the mid-1970s.
Of the 16 teenagers who will leave the state hospital in March, a dozen are scheduled to move into a new 12-bed unit at the Children's Farm Home near Corvallis. Officials say the four others will be placed elsewhere.
Plans to close the ADOLESCENT TREATMENT PROGRAM comes months after news reports in The Oregonian about sexual-abuse cases. Those occurred ten to 15 years ago in the children's' TREATMENT PROGRAM at the hospital.
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