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County to consolidate mental health under one roof

Former Topper Pontiac to replace Saratoga Hospital offices

The former Topper Pontiac building, at 135 South Broadway, will house the Cramer Facility, which is a state Office of Mental Health-licensed facility.

The former Topper Pontiac building, at 135 South Broadway, will house the Cramer Facility, which is a state Office of Mental Health-licensed facility. Photo by Marci Revette.

— “We wanted to make sure it was on the bus line,” she said. “Keeping the location in Saratoga was important because the majority of our clients are in Saratoga.”

She noted that right behind the Topper building is Saratoga Transitional Services, which is often used by mental health patients.

“It will provide convenience to them,” she said. “They will literally be able to walk to it.”

Yepsen agreed the county would be saving money by consolidating the three facilities.

“After much research, I think we came up with the best plan possible,” she said.

Cramer House, which treats around 1,000 patients a year, helps mainly people with more severe mental illnesses who are unable to pay at other clinics because of lack of insurance.

“Our clinic focuses on people with more severe mental illnesses,” said Lehr. “We deal with those who are unable to access care otherwise, primarily due to insurance. We treat patients who have Medicare, Medicaid or no money at all.”

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