US-based Acadia Healthcare Company has formed a joint venture with SCL Health to build a new 144-bed facility in the Denver area.

The new healthcare facility is expected to address the increasing need for behavioural health services in the Denver metro area by expanding both inpatient and outpatient services.

Acadia Healthcare CEO Debbie Osteen said: “Acadia is proud to be partnering with a leading health system like SCL Health to provide these life-saving services to individuals and families in the Denver area.

“The new hospital will expand our acute service line into Colorado and make a positive difference in the lives of many individuals and families of the growing Denver area. This is our 15th partnership with a premier health system across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with like-minded organizations who share our vision to provide healing and hope to those in need and our commitment to serve the overwhelming demand we are seeing in our country.”

For Acadia, it will be the first healthcare facility in the state of Colorado.

The new behavioural health facility is expected to open by mid-2023.

SCL Health president and CEO Lydia Jumonville said: “We are very pleased to partner with Acadia to enhance access to behavioural healthcare for our patients in Denver and the surrounding communities.

“We are committed to meeting the rapidly growing demand for behavioural health services in the communities and chose Acadia as our strategic partner because of their deep knowledge of the industry and of operating inpatient behavioural health services.”

Last month, Acadia Healthcare Company and Bronson Healthcare started construction works for a new inpatient behavioural health facility in Michigan, US.