(Photograph by Christina Truong)
GATESVILLE (September 24, 2013)—Coryell County Commissioners said Monday the work on a portion of the Gatesville MHMR building is complete and the remodeled wing could be ready to open for business by next Monday.
Commissioner Don Jones said he wants to see the facility opened within a week now that the remodel is done.
The center will have eight beds in the north wing of the 70-year-old building that sits on North Lutterloh Ave., and which used to be the county hospital.
County Judge John Firth said the county was pushing to have the work completed by Sept. 30 so it could qualify for federal grant funds to help offset the cost of renovation.
Firth said he will attend a meeting of the MHMR board this week in Temple and will hand over the keys to the building, after which it will be up to the board as to when they’ll actually move in.
Commissioners set aside $44,000 for the project and the funds provided through a Medicare waiver will provide $1.50 for every local dollar spent.
When operational the center will provide round-the-clock in-patient care for clients with mental health issues.
“This is a great service, everybody wins,” Firth said.
No only does the center provide services for patients but in many cases where people have been held in the county jail who actually could benefit from MHMR services, the facility will benefit both the patients and the county by reducing the jail population.
A second phase of the project is to secure space for a 30-bed crisis care unit, which commissioners have said they’d like to locate near the southeastern portion of the county in the U.S. Highway 190 corridor but failing that an alternate location could be near Coryell Memorial Hospital on Gatesville’s west side.
The centers will be operated by Central Counties Services and will provide mental health services for Coryell, Hamilton, Bell, Lampasas and Milam counties, Firth said.