The time and place of the April 7 citizen forum to discuss the possible closing of Springfield Hospital Center have been changed.
The meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Carroll Community College in rooms M-157 and M-159.
The forum originally was scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Carroll County Office Building.
Tori Leonard, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said the change was made because many South Carroll residents complained to state officials that they couldn't attend the afternoon meeting.
"We did get a lot of calls from community members that it was inconvenient, so we decided to change it to accommodate as many points of view as possible," Ms. Leonard said.
Kathy Horneman, president of the South Carroll Coalition, said she's pleased about the new time.
"It give some professional people the opportunity to be there," she said.
The citizen forum was scheduled by a task force that two weeks ago recommended closing one of the three regional state psychiatric hospitals in Central Maryland by the year 2000.
The draft report did not recommend which of the three -- Crownsville Hospital Center in Crownsville, Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville or Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville -- should be closed.
The task force also has scheduled citizen forums in Carroll, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Prince George's counties to obtain community input on its recommendation.