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In accordance with an act of 1938 that required the state to take over all institutions for the care of the mentally ill, the State of Pennsylvania took control of the mental section of the hospital in 1941. The patient population reached a high point of 3,785 in June of 1967, with 1,200 staff and employees. In March 1973, the Department of Public Welfare made plans to move patients judged to be criminally insane from [[Farview State Hospital]] to Mayview. In 1982, an adolescent center was transferred from [[Woodville State Hospital]] to Mayview. During the closing of [[Dixmont State Hospital]] in 1984, the deaf unit was transferred to Mayview.
 
In accordance with an act of 1938 that required the state to take over all institutions for the care of the mentally ill, the State of Pennsylvania took control of the mental section of the hospital in 1941. The patient population reached a high point of 3,785 in June of 1967, with 1,200 staff and employees. In March 1973, the Department of Public Welfare made plans to move patients judged to be criminally insane from [[Farview State Hospital]] to Mayview. In 1982, an adolescent center was transferred from [[Woodville State Hospital]] to Mayview. During the closing of [[Dixmont State Hospital]] in 1984, the deaf unit was transferred to Mayview.
  
The patient population gradually reduced starting in the 1970s, by 2008 the hospital only had 354 patients with 800 staff and employees. The hospital provided services to Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties. In addition, a forensic division of the hospital provides services to clients from the entire region west of Harrisburg. Mayview State Hospital was closed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in December of 2008. The remaining patients were individually assessed and were either transferred to another state hospital or to community care facilities.
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The patient population gradually reduced starting in the 1970s, by 2008 the hospital only had 354 patients with 800 staff and employees. The hospital provided services to Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence and Washington Counties. In addition, a forensic division of the hospital provides services to clients from the entire region west of Harrisburg. Mayview State Hospital was closed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in December of 2008. The remaining patients were individually assessed and were either transferred to another state hospital or to community care facilities. As of April 2010 the hospital still sits empty with an uncertain future.
  
 
A series of deaths and other serious incidents (known by the state as "sentinel events") started to occur after the closure of the hospital was announced in 2007. In the space of 24 hours in October 2007, two former Mayview patients died violently. Anthony Fallert, who had been released from the hospital in Spring of 2006, wandered from a South Side residence operated by Mercy Behavioral Mental Health. His body was found a day later in the Monongahela River. Authorities believe he had leapt or fallen from the Birmingham Bridge after leaving the facility. In the year after his release from Mayview, Mr. Fallert had lived at facilities in Clarion County and New Kensington and with his mother in Allentown. The day Mr. Fallert's body was being pulled from the river, another former Mayview patient, Ahson J. Abdullah, was struck by a train as he walked on the tracks near his home in Braddock. Mr. Abdullah, who had been in and out of jail over the course of his life, had been a patient at Mayview's forensic unit, which handles mental health cases referred by the courts. In all, state officials say 44 sentinel events have taken place among the region's mentally ill and critics suggest it could run higher. At the same time, the Department of Public Welfare says that of the 44 events cited, only three involved patients released from Mayview since the closure was announced Aug. 15 of 2007 and only 10 of the 44 cases had any prior history with Mayview.
 
A series of deaths and other serious incidents (known by the state as "sentinel events") started to occur after the closure of the hospital was announced in 2007. In the space of 24 hours in October 2007, two former Mayview patients died violently. Anthony Fallert, who had been released from the hospital in Spring of 2006, wandered from a South Side residence operated by Mercy Behavioral Mental Health. His body was found a day later in the Monongahela River. Authorities believe he had leapt or fallen from the Birmingham Bridge after leaving the facility. In the year after his release from Mayview, Mr. Fallert had lived at facilities in Clarion County and New Kensington and with his mother in Allentown. The day Mr. Fallert's body was being pulled from the river, another former Mayview patient, Ahson J. Abdullah, was struck by a train as he walked on the tracks near his home in Braddock. Mr. Abdullah, who had been in and out of jail over the course of his life, had been a patient at Mayview's forensic unit, which handles mental health cases referred by the courts. In all, state officials say 44 sentinel events have taken place among the region's mentally ill and critics suggest it could run higher. At the same time, the Department of Public Welfare says that of the 44 events cited, only three involved patients released from Mayview since the closure was announced Aug. 15 of 2007 and only 10 of the 44 cases had any prior history with Mayview.
In 2010, the campus was purchased by Aloe Brothers LLC and by early 2013, nearly all the buildings had been demolished. A new residential development now sits on the former site of the hospital as of August 2018.
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In 2010, the campus was purchased by Aloe Brothers LLC and by early 2013, nearly all the buildings had been demolished.
  
 
== News Articles ==
 
== News Articles ==
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*[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08363/938147-114.stm Mayview State Hospital: Last reminder of a lost era closes] - December 28, 2008
 
*[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08363/938147-114.stm Mayview State Hospital: Last reminder of a lost era closes] - December 28, 2008
 
*[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08364/938251-114.stm Mayview's closing brings fear and hope] - December 29, 2008
 
*[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08364/938251-114.stm Mayview's closing brings fear and hope] - December 29, 2008
*[http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/alleghenyneighborhoods/alleghenyneighborhoodsmore/4376851-74/mayview-aloe-campus#axzz3WWdZT54N]
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http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/alleghenyneighborhoods/alleghenyneighborhoodsmore/4376851-74/mayview-aloe-campus#axzz3WWdZT54N
*[https://archon.klnpa.org/psa/?p=collections/classifications&id=586 Mayview State Hospital records available at the Pennsylvania State Archives]
 
  
 
== Images of Mayview State Hospital ==
 
== Images of Mayview State Hospital ==
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== Additional Information & Links ==
 
== Additional Information & Links ==
 
*[http://www.post-gazette.com/multimedia/?videoid=101336# A great video about the hospital with clips from 1936]
 
*[http://www.post-gazette.com/multimedia/?videoid=101336# A great video about the hospital with clips from 1936]
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