Geisinger and Acadia Healthcare Company jointly held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 96-bed inpatient behavioural health facility in Moosic, Pennsylvania.

The new facility, named Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast, is slated to open its doors next year.

The move comes around six months after the two organisations formed a joint venture to expand behavioural health services in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Moosic facility involves around $40m investment in the community.

Particularly, Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast will improve access to quality behavioural health services for people living in northeastern Pennsylvania.

It will provide care for adult, paediatric and adolescent patients exhibiting symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other behavioural health conditions.

Geisinger president and CEO Jaewon Ryu said: “The need for behavioural health resources is a national issue that we also face here in northeastern Pennsylvania.

“Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for all of the communities we serve, and we are excited to partner with Acadia to provide these much-needed services close to home for our patients.”

Acadia Healthcare CEO Debbie Osteen said: “We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to introduce this new facility to Moosic and the surrounding communities.

“We are so proud to work together to address a rising need in this area. This facility, like all in the Geisinger network, will become a strong member of the community, collaborating with all organisations, hospitals and first responders.”

Both the organisations will build a similar facility in Danville, with construction works expected to begin next year.