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Evergreen Heights hopes to reopen as a mental health facility after state closes the adult care operation

A closed down adult care facility in Weedsport is voluntarily giving up its license in hopes of reopening as a mental health facility so a different agency from the state oversees it.

As an adult facility, the Department of Health oversees the operations, but if it’s a mental health facility, then the Office of Mental Health oversees the 60-bed facility.

Evergreen Heights executive director Karen Eller believes they should be a mental health facility anyway due to their patients all having some form of mental health issues.

In July, New York State suspended the facility’s license so they needed to place 57 residents in other facilities.

The reason was for serious safety concerns in the area of medication assistance, according to the Department of Health.

Eller said there will not be a hearing with the state because the facility has chosen to relinquish its license.

She added that there were no issues and no harm was done, but paperwork errors led the state to believe if it wasn’t properly documented then it wasn’t done.

She hopes to have the facility reopened in the next thirty days and has been preparing the building.