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Texas Unveils Plan to Replace Ancient Mental Health Hospital

After several years of research and planning, the state has revealed plans to replace the 100-year-old Austin State Hospital with a modern facility that will transform mental health for 75 counties. Demolition on the 100-year-old Austin State Hospital in Central Austin could start as early as October, pending allocation of state funds.

The replacement hospital (rendering pictured above) will be located on the same tract of land at 4110 Guadalupe St. adjacent to Central Market. Depending on the state funding, the new state-run mental facility will have 216 to 288 beds. The redevelopment plan could be completed by 2023.

The state has over $300 million set aside in its supplemental budget to address needs at six state-run mental hospitals across Texas, according to State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin. In addition to constructing the new hospital building in Central Austin, the remaining buildings on the campus that house various out-patient services could be renovated.

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