Nearly a decade after its final patients were discharged, opinion remains deeply divided in the midstate over the 2006 closure of the Harrisburg State Hospital.
For some local officials those impacts couldn’t be clearer. Dominick DeRose, warden for Dauphin County Prison, believes that loss of bed space has meant more mentally ill people are entering the criminal justice system.
“They did not close Harrisburg State Hospital,” he said. “They just renamed it the Dauphin County Prison.”
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