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Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse said Friday it will close three residential facilities this summer that provide services for people with mental health and addiction issues.

The men’s recovery house, which has nine residents, the women’s recovery house, which has four residents, and Gerard Hall, which has three residents with children, will close July 1.

Mayo officials said aging facilities and other factors played a role in the decision.

Mayo Clinic Health System says it remains committed to providing treatment and support services for these populations, and it is exploring long-term options with other community organizations to address appropriate housing.

Mayo officials stress that this change does not affect outpatient behavioral health services at Mayo Clinic Health System.

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On Earth

Clearly, closure is because these facilities are not profitable. Mayo wants to push care for addiction and mental health off on "community partners." While they make profits people who need help are cast aside. Frankly, I'm not sure Gundersen is any better. Their profit motive is #1 too.

wioutdoorguy

The truth is there is money for addiction and mental health, but it's not profitable. It is well known in medical settings that the surgical and specialty areas make large profits. The closure of the inpatient psychiatric unit two years ago was not due to the shortage of psychiatrists, but simply due to poor leadership. This change didnt have to happen.
In addition, the closure of several other facilities is simply due to an intentional effort to focus on profit and not people. Since when does a hospital just choose to close any department? Imarine closing down the dermatology or gastroenterology departments.

Meanwhile, we have a widening reputation for patients, families and even law enforcement being yelled at in urgent care and the emergency depart with the message "Don't come here!" at a time when members of our community continue to struggle.

Berks

It's because there is no MONEY in mental health treatment. Maybe Mayo can take the money they save from these "underperforming" community-serving programs and spend it on more advertising for cancer and heart disease customers, where the big money is.

wioutdoorguy

Thanks to Gundersen for keeping their programs strong and managing them well. Your commitment to your patients and our community is appreciated.

Poor management comes at a price to those who desperately need the services. For some, this means life and death. Add these programs to the long list of facilities that have all been lost as a result of extremely bad leadership.

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