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Public Hearings Extended on Harrisburg State Hospital Closure
January 26, 2005

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has added a second day for public hearings on the closure of Harrisburg State Hospital. At least 59 persons were scheduled to present testimony during the sessions on January 27. DPW added more time to allow additional interested persons time to speak. The public hearings are now scheduled on January 27 from 2:00 — 10:00 p.m. with a dinner break, and on January 28 from 10:00 a.m. until all who are registered have spoken. Both sessions will be held at the Zembo Mosque, 2801 North Third Street, Harrisburg. Those who wish to speak should contact Lisa Brommer at 717-772-7584.

In an effort to provide information regarding the Harrisburg State Hospital closure and consolidation with Danville and Wernersville State Hospitals, DPW has developed a new web page. The web page is found at www.dpw.state.pa.us/family/hshclosure/default.htm. Access to the information is also available at www.state.pa.us, by entering the search term "closure." DPW directs those who have difficulty with the site to contact Lisa Robison at 717-787-2831, or lrobison@state.pa.us.

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