Upper Shore Mental Health Center Closed

The Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center in Chestertown closed last week despite the community’s efforts to keep it open. State health officials closed the facility, which employed about 85 workers and admitted about 200 patients a year, in favor of community-based programs and service agreements with private hospitals. Officials expect to save $2.7-million this year and $7-million each year in the future. Tonya Rider, who worked at the facility for more than a decade, says some employees have been transferred and others are now unemployed.