Save Niagara County's Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit

Save Niagara County's Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit

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On November 07, 2019- the closure of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit- Transitions was announced to the public.  This unit is the only inpatient child psychiatry unit in Niagara County and is the closest hospital for most of Orleans and Genesee Counties.  This unit serves children ages 5-18 years old who are faced with a mental health crisis and need additional supports.Transitions unit is one of the only units that serves children under the age of 12 years. 

In addition to inpatient services, the unit also conducts Emergency room evaluations.  Whether the child is admitted or discharged, the unit performs outreach to providers and schools which is necessary for adequate care for children. 

Niagara counties suicide rating is one of the highest with 16.2 suicides per 100,000 people. This is double the NYS rate of suicide which is 8.4 suicides out of 100,000 suicides. The mental health crisis in our youth is at an all time high and our community deserves to have adequate care and resources necessary to support them.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among children and adolescents.  By supporting the childhood mental health crisis; we can prevent further mental health crisis into adulthood. 

The closing of this unit is going to make a detrimental impact on Niagara and it's surrounding counties. The staff on the unit are dedicated to providing support and care to the children and their families.  It is our hope to have the community rally with us and fight to have the unit remain open for the well being of our children. 

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