To the editor of THE EAGLE:

It seems a shame to consider allowing the facilities of North Adams Regional Hospital to languish when there is still plenty of use to be had from them.

While many of the services originally provided there may no longer be necessary, Berkshire County is in dire need of an acute psychiatric facility for children. Currently the closest such facility is in Springfield, but, as many parents of children with severe mental or emotional challenges knows, finding a bed for a child in crisis can be well nigh impossible. It is not at all unheard of for a child to wait up to 72 hours in the Emergency Department waiting for a spot to become available in a hospital in Vermont or New York or Connecticut.

Perhaps the Department of Mental Health, Brien Center, and Berkshire Health Systems could come together to acquire some of the space at NARH to provide this much-needed service in our county.

ROBERT DOUGLAS

Pittsfield