- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - A 92-bed hospital for acute psychiatric care has opened in northern Colorado.

The Reporter Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1GAWzsa ) that the executive director of the state’s Department of Human Services say the hospital is coming to Johnstown at just the right time.

Reggie Bicha oversees the two state-owned mental hospitals and says privately-run Clear View Behavioral Health can help curb Colorado’s high suicide rate. Last year, the state recorded 1,058 suicides, the seventh-highest in the nation.

Bicha says a recent study showed northeastern Colorado as the region most lacking in inpatient psychiatric beds.

The new facility is one of 10 acute care and residential treatment facilities owned by Strategic Behavioral Health of Memphis, Tennessee. One of the hospitals is in Colorado Springs.

Clear View will treat adults, seniors and adolescents.

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Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, https://www.reporterherald.com/

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