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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

State amends plan to slash psychiatric care at Taunton

State officials have abandoned a preliminary plan to slash the number of beds that will remain available at Taunton State Hospital for long-term psychiatric patients, a proposal that appeared to violate an agreement with local lawmakers and hospital workers.

Under that plan, aired at a meeting with nurses earlier this month, 27 of the 45 beds set aside for long-term care as a part of the negotiated agreement would have been assigned instead to prisoners and others undergoing short-term, court-ordered psychiatric evaluations.

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