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      Southwestern State Hospital set to close their doors

      The United States Department of Justice along with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Georgia Department of Community Health entered into a settlement that required the state to transition individuals from state hospitals into community-based settings of their choice. / File


      By the end of the year, hundreds of people in Thomasville will be without work because Southwestern State Hospital has announced they are closing their doors.

      The United States Department of Justice along with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Georgia Department of Community Health entered into a settlement that required the state to transition individuals from state hospitals into community-based settings of their choice.

      Officials say they will work with contract providers to give the almost 600 employees priority when selecting new jobs.

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