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The Caro High School band played the school’s fight song as supporters of their hometown’s century-old psychiatric center rallied on the state capitol steps.

Residents of the small community in the Thumb rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday. They urged state leaders to reconsider a plan to scale back a planned psychiatric facility in their town.

The Caro Center was in line to get a new 200-bed facility. But earlier this year, the Whitmer administration stopped construction of the $115 million facility.   

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State health department officials say the state of Michigan should keep a psychiatric center in the Thumb open, but scrap plans for a major expansion.

The Caro Center has been operating for more than a century in Tuscola County. Hundreds of people are employed at the center which provides psychiatric care to dozens of patients in a collection of aging buildings.

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Caro residents tried to make the case to keep their local state psychiatric center open at a town hall meeting Thursday.

Earlier this year, the Whitmer administration halted work on a new $115 million facility in Caro.   

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is re-examining plans for a multi-million dollar psychiatric hospital in Michigan's Thumb region.

For more than 100 years, the Caro Center has been treating Michiganders with serious medical conditions.  Starting in 1914, the center provided treatment for people with epilepsy. The focus shifted to patients with psychiatric disorders in the 1950s.

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Officials broke ground Friday for a new state psychiatric hospital to be built in the Thumb.

For more than a hundred years, the hospital in the small community of Caro, about 30 miles east of Saginaw, has been treating Michiganders with serious illnesses. Starting in 1914, the facility treated people suffering from epilepsy.  The focus shifted to patients with psychiatric disorders in the 1950s.

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The state is considering building a new psychiatric hospital as a replacement for the aging Caro Center in Tuscola County, in the Thumb. Governor Snyder’s proposed state budget includes $115 million for building a new facility, but the Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services hasn’t decided where it will be built.