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The Community Behavioral Health Hospital was nearly ready to open Aug. 7, 2008, in Willmar. Now state officials may temporarily close it to be "reconfigured" for a different type of patient. Tribune file photo by Ron Adams

Future of Willmar mental health hospital unknown

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WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County officials say the 16-bed adult mental health hospital that opened a year ago in Willmar could be closed down while the state makes another adjustment to how mental health care is provided.

State officials, however, denied the hospital would be shut down but said it may be "reconfigured" to serve a different type of patient who is currently falling through the cracks.

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