- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Council has approved a company’s plans to build an adult mental health and substance abuse treatment hospital.

The council voted Monday to approve a proposal by Springstone LLC to build a development called Oakwood Springs, a 72-bed facility that will provide inpatient and outpatient care. The Kentucky-based company plans to hire about 150 workers with a payroll of about $9 million.

Construction will start once the state’s health department approves its certificate of need, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1sDVP93 ) reported. It’s a process that allows state officials to decide whether a hospital providing a specific health care service is needed.

Oklahoma has the second-highest number of adults in the nation with a serious mental illness or any mental illness, according to the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Kaiser Family Foundation says the state spends less than half of the national average on mental health.

Meanwhile, a Bethany city official says Universal Health Services, a Pennsylvania-based company, is planning to reopen a mental health hospital that was previously operated by Deaconess Hospital. The Bethany mental health unit closed after the hospital said there was a lack of need in the community for those services, while mental health leaders say there’s a shortage of such psychiatric care in Oklahoma.

Universal Health will have about 68 beds for mental health treatment, Bethany City Manager John Shugart said. The beds primarily will be for adults 55 and older, according to state health department documents.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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