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Mental health advocates question Dix plans


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Some mental health advocates are questioning the city of Raleigh's plans to turn the old Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital into a park.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported mental health advocates attended the city council meeting Tuesday where plans for the 325-acre property were discussed. They accused city leaders of failing to consider the needs of people with mental illness.

But Mayor Nancy McFarlane said that the choice about the property is not one between a park and a mental-health facility. State mental health officials closed the hospital and moved patients to a newer facility in Butner. The state does plan to keep about 60 acres for Department of Health and Human Services offices. No treatment facilities are planned at the site.

Others raised questions about the costs.

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