The Alabama House has unanimously approved a nearly $6 billion education budget for 2016. All 105 votes from state representatives went towards approving the Education Trust Fund budget. A number of House Democrats and Republicans commended education budget committee chairman Bill Poole on an unusually smooth spending plan.
Officials with Alabama Psychiatric Services say they are ending their service next week. The company released a statement on their website saying services will stop on February 13.
Officials say the company is shutting down because of a decline in funding and a change in how it provides behavioral health services. They also say the company will work to help patients transition to other service providers.
The change will affect clinics in Birmingham, Cullman, Decatur, Dothan, Fairhope, Florence, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa.
Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hospital will shut its doors as part of a nationwide move to put patients into community-based care.
The facility will stop taking patients by Aug. 17 and focus on placing its 62 residents elsewhere.
The state Department of Mental Health is working with the directors of three-community based health centers to increase their services ahead of the move. Department Commissioner Jim Reddoch says that patients who cannot be placed in a community setting will be taken to Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa.