Acadia Healthcare Company has announced the formation of a joint venture with ECU Health for the construction of a new behavioral health hospital in the US.

As part of the partnership, the two care providers will build the 144-bed hospital in the medical district of Greenville, North Carolina.

Acadia Healthcare and ECU Health will jointly contribute over $65m to provide access to behavioural health resources in eastern North Carolina.

Scheduled to be ready in 2025, the facility will also function as a teaching hospital wherein students from the Brody School of Medicine will receive training.

The proposed facility to be operated through the joint venture will be a centre of excellence in providing key services on behavioural health.

With specialised clinical teams in place, the hospital will make behavioural healthcare accessible for residents of North Carolina.

Further, the hospital will feature 24 beds for children and adolescents with mental health issues. Once ready, these beds will be the first of their kind in ECU Health’s service area.

ECU Health CEO and Brody School of Medicine dean Dr Michael Waldrum said: “This hospital will be a tremendous resource for our patients and our state, and we’re thrilled to partner with a national leader like Acadia.

“Acadia has an established track record of providing high-quality, compassionate care in communities across the country. Together, we will strengthen our level of expertise, implement proven best practices and enhance the quality and number of behavioural health services available to patients.”

Acadia Healthcare CEO Chris Hunter said: “This joint venture will support the development of the next generation of behavioural health care workers and clinicians as our society battles the ongoing behavioural health and substance use epidemic.”