BANGOR — One of Maine’s two state-run psychiatric hospitals is laying off 45 employees in an effort to cut a $7 million budget shortfall.

The Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor is cutting 91 positions in all, about half of which are unfilled.

Superintendent Linda Abernathy said at a press conference today that the hospital’s budget gap stems from a $2.5 million cut in state funding approved by legislators this winter.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the jobs range from medical staff to groundskeepers.

Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, which was formerly known as the Bangor Mental Health Institute, is run by the Department of Health and Human Services.


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