BROOKLYN - Interfaith Medical Center is scheduled to begin shutting down, but pubic advocate Bill de Blasio released a new report today warning that the closure of the center may have a devastating impact on psychiatric patients.

De Blasio says that the closing of Interfaith, which is Brooklyn's largest private provider of psychiatric care, would force thousands of residents to travel farther to already overcrowded hospitals.

De Blasio's report details a plan that would waive a cap on the percentage of patients with mental illness. The plan also discusses establishing a Brooklyn health authority.

Interfaith's emergency room is scheduled to close Sept 14, and inpatient care would end Sept. 15. The hospital is scheduled to close permanently on Nov. 14.