The plan geographically divided Colorado into six zones of relatively equal population. A hospital was established to care for them in each of these zones. The exodus of patients from the hospital began in the first few days of 1962; by March, over 200 patients were relocated to their respective geographic zones. The changes brought about by the decentralization allowed the hospital to reorganize itself to better care for their patients. This type of plan had been carried out successfully within other hospitals across America and resulted in more personalized and individual care for the mentally ill.