NAACP says closing Dix will hurt the poor –

The state branch of the NAACP has added its voice to the chorus of groups expressing opposition to the pending closure of Dorothea Dix Hospital.

Plans call for the Raleigh hospital to stop accepting new patients within weeks, with most of the remaining patients being discharged or transferred to other state facilities by the end of the year. The oldest of the state’s four state psychiatric hospitals, Dix has been in continuous operation since 1856.

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