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Alice M. Kidd Intermediate Care Facility, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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bildeAlice M. Kidd was an Alabama Mental Health Association volunteer in the 1950s.

Alice M. Kidd was instrumental in establishing the first program dedicated to helping patients transition from the hospital into the community.

Ms. Kidd’s work in Alabama was so important to the community, in fact, that the State named a nursing home facility after her in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the Bryce Hospital campus. That facility provided a critical service to its community, until 2009.

By 1995, Alabama’s state-run nursing homes housed almost 500 elderly patients with mental illness. Up until 2009, all but one of those facilities had closed.  The last one, the Alice M. Kidd Intermediate Care Facility closed on July 31, 2009.

On June 15, 2009, Mental Health Commissioner John Houston announced the decision to close the nursing home, which at the time had a census of about 30, down from its census in 2000 of 216. When it closed, the nursing home employed about 50 people.

According to a statement by John Houston: “Our continued commitment is to offer people the opportunity to receive services closer to their home communities. We have begun to work with the remaining patients and their families to locate appropriate community nursing facilities to provide services.”

Photograph from Tuscaloosa News.

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Posted: September 28, 2014

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