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S. Oregon mental health facility to close


HUGO, Ore. (AP) – A remote residential treatment facility in southern Oregon for people with mental health issues will close because there is not enough law enforcement to staff it.

The Daily Courier reports ( ) that staff at the Josephine County-owned Hugo Hills facility was told last week that there are not enough sheriff’s officials in rural areas of the county.

Options of Southern Oregon Executive Director Karla McCafferty says the facility is closing because there is not enough staff to handle a safety situation.

The fifteen patients with significant mental illnesses that live at the facility will be placed in other Options facilities or returned to their home counties.

There is no timeline for when the facility might close.

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