Before Joe Baldacci became a Bangor City Councilor he fought to keep Dorothea Dix open and is currently working to restore services and help repurpose the facility.
“State legislators need to work with the city council to protect the mission of this hospital. We are very fortunate in Maine to have someone of the caliber of Dr Michelle Gardiner who is now serving as the medical Director of the Dorothea DIx hospital,” said City Councilor Joe Baldacci.
By Ramona du Houx of Maine Insights September 10th, 2013
Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci has called on the Bangor Legislative Delegation to reverse the 25 percent cut dealt to the Dorothea Dix Hospital Psychiatric Hospital by the current LePage Administration and the Republican controlled Legislature in 2011.
“At a time when we are dealing with too many untreated people on our streets and in our jails it’s frankly time for legislators to sponsor legislation to reverse these ill considered and unwise cuts at the hospital,” said Baldacci. “There is no question that for many families in eastern and northern Maine there is an urgent need for adequate mental health care. As a vital part of that continuum of care, we need to preserve this important safety net and restore adequate funding.” Continue reading →
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
From the article:
Bangor officials are preparing to work with the state in hopes of ironing out a deal to put to use some 100,000 square feet of vacant space inside Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center as housing for those who don’t require full hospital care.
Gov. Paul LePage signed a resolve on June 14 that will allow the commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to sell or lease property at the complex. Bangor officials said the legislative approval took longer than expected — about 9 months — and that they’re eager to begin talks. Continue reading →