MORRISTOWN, NJ - As part of an overhaul of the state hospital's review board, Governor Chris Christie has appointed seven individuals, including Morris Township Mayor Bruce Sisler, Morristown Attorney Louis Modugno and Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon to the Greystone park Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees.
According to the State Department of Human Services, the new state of the art psychiatric hospital has 450 beds, plus another 60 beds in cottages on the grounds. The hospital is located in both Morris Plains and Parsippany, in a multi-acre park setting. Greystone is one of five psychiatric facilities throughout the state that make up the Division of Mental Health within DHS. According to government reports, there have been complaints by mental health advocates and some board members about a lack of patient safety in the hospital.
“I take this appointment very seriously and plan to work very hard on behalf of the patients from Morris County and across North Jersey who have ended up at Greystone due to severe mental illness,’’ said Sheriff Gannon. “Those patients – who are our family members and friends and neighbors and co-workers -- count on the staff and administration of this hospital to provide the best care possible and in a most secure setting".
Other appointments include Michele Brown of Mendham, Wayne Hasenbalg of Randolph, Jim DiGiulio of Chatham and Peter Simon of Jersey City.
"I look forward to working with the other trustees to make sure they get the care they deserve", said Gannon.