Houston psychiatric facility to close

St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston is closing its Center for Behavioral Health, citing the cost of providing services, according to a Sept. 21 report from ABC affiliate KTRK.

The facility's inpatient unit included 24 beds for patients aged 18 and older in immediate need of low-cost mental health services and accepted both Medicare and Medicaid. 

"Unfortunately, as a private involuntary behavioral health program in the county, it is no longer viable for us to continue to provide these services while continuing to meet local demand for other critical, non-psychiatric services," a hospital spokesperson told KTRK.

Employees at the center said they were told they would be laid off by Oct. 18 with no severance, the report said.

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