Supporters of Taunton State Hospital are disappointed with Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of $5.1 million to keep the psychiatric facility partially open, and will push for an override in the Legislature.
Patrick is seeking to close the aging 169-bed hospital and move some patients to a new state facility opening in Worcester.
The Legislature voted to include funds for 45 beds at the hospital in the 2013 state budget while an independent study was conducted of the state’s mental health treatment system.
But Patrick vetoed the funding, citing his administration’s desire to move toward a more community-based approach for treating the mentally ill.
State Sen. Marc Pacheco and Rep. Patricia Haddad, both Taunton Democrats, say they will push for an override of the veto.