Westchester Medical Center is seeking a new contractor to provide mental health care just three years after outsourcing the task to a Pennsylvania company. The move leaves the future of nearly 200 mental health workers uncertain. … Liberty did not respond to requests for comment but, in a notice filed with the state Department of Labor, it has warned all 199 of its workers that they will be laid off by Nov. 30. The company cited the expected end of its contract to provide staff for Westchester’s Behavioral Health Center as the cause. … The medical center’s 2012 decision to outsource care at the Behavioral Health Center meant the loss of 150 jobs held by members of the Civil Service Employees Association. The employees included psychiatric social workers, mental-health aides, therapists and clerks.
Westchester Medical Center plans 150 layoffs, private takeover of Behavioral Health Center
Source: Theresa Juva-Brown, LoHud.com, January 6, 2012
It’s a new year and a new round of layoffs at Westchester Medical Center.
Just weeks after slashing 250 positions across the hospital, the embattled medical center announced Thursday that up to more than half the staff at the Behavioral Health Center could lose their jobs as an outside company takes over direct patient care and treatment….Medical center administrators project to save $4 million a year by partnering with Liberty Healthcare, a Pennsylvania-based health-care delivery company. The medical center will pay Liberty $8.8 million a year under the three-year agreement.