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Merger talks between SWFAS and Lee Mental Health

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Merger talks between SWFAS and Lee Mental Health

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Nov 19, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 19, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee Mental Health Center has entered into merger talks with Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS) to form a new mental health and substance abuse treatment agency for Lee County.

A joint committee consisting of two members from each groups board is exploring the merger.

Both SWFAS and Lee Mental Health say while a merger may lead to cost savings, they don't belief it would lead to any layoffs or closing of offices.

Lee Mental Health Center is the larger of the two non-profits with a budget of $20 million and 300 employees serving 12,000 patients per year from two locations in Lee County. SWFAS operates with a $9.5 million budget and 150 employees serving 5,000 patients per year from five locations in Lee County and two in Hendry County.