Enid psychiatric clinic to close

Thursday, May 29th 2008, 8:33 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

ENID, Okla. - An Oklahoma State University psychiatric clinic is ordered to close its doors in the next few weeks and officials worry it will add more strain to the state's mental health system. 

OSU officials said they announced last week they will close the Psychiatry Physicians Clinic of Enid for financial reasons. The clinic was operating at a loss of $185,000 at the end of April.

The clinic is planning on transferring patients to the Enid-based Northwest Oklahoma Center for Behavioral Health, part of the state's Mental health department.  Terri White with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health says getting mental health resources have been a struggle.

"The system is already overburdened," White said. "Currently we're able to serve about half or one-third of individuals who need help."

Although the center is ordered to close by June 13, OSU officials say a doctor will still be on site until all patients have made the transition.