The Chula Vista Planning Commission in the US has granted approval for the construction of a new 120-bed behavioural health hospital at Eastlake community of Chula Vista in California.

A joint venture company of Scripps Health and Acadia Healthcare will operate the Eastlake behavioural health facility.

In order to ensure quality and access to the new facility, a joint management committee will also be created.

Scripps Health southern region chief executive Tom Gammiere said: “The Eastlake hospital will contribute greatly to the well-being of Chula Vista and South County.

“These additional 120 beds will help us get closer to meeting our community’s overwhelming need for behavioral health care.”

The hospital is expected to become operational in 2025. Upon completion, it will treat adults, adolescents and seniors with behavioural health conditions.

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The new facility will be designed in such a way that each patient at the hospital will be treated independently.

Additionally, Arcadia proposes to include a specialty unit, which will focus on behavioural health treatment for active-duty military and veterans.

Acadia Healthcare operational group president Dwight Lacy said: “Acadia is proud to partner with Scripps to expand access to behavioral health care in this area of great need.

“This hospital will be an important resource for Chula Vista and the surrounding communities to help those in need, including our families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are struggling with behavioral health conditions. This hospital will be part of the solution — replacing stigma with hope and healing.”

Nonprofit integrated health care delivery system Scripps Health treats more than 600,000 patients every year.