Children’s Health is set to fund an inpatient unit at the new State Psychiatric Hospital for children and adolescents, with nearly 100 beds.
The adult hospital will be developed through a collaboration between UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
The paediatric unit is in addition to 200 adult beds at the new State Psychiatric Hospital.
This hospital is in the planning stages of design and construction at present and is expected to open in 2025. The pediatric addition is slated for opening in early 2026.
Children’s Health executive vice-president and chief strategy officer Lindsey Tyra said: “We know that addressing this growing pediatric mental health crisis requires a concerted, coordinated response from resources and experts across our community.
“In collaboration with UT Southwestern through our joint pediatric enterprise, we are building a sweeping and forward-looking approach to this escalating problem that will also be part of a larger statewide system.”
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Children’s Health aims to provide access to more children and adolescents through age 17 with complex mental health needs in North Texas to behavioral health services, by supporting the expansion of inpatient pediatric psychiatric services at the new state hospital.
UT Southwestern Ambulatory Services associate vice-president and chief medical officer, Psychiatry professor Dr Hicham Ibrahim said: “Our goal is to build a state-of-the-art facility that meets the needs of the communities we serve.
“This donation gives us the opportunity to better address the mental health crisis affecting pediatric patients in our region and provide them with the specialised care they deserve.”