- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Las Cruces City Council has unanimously approved a feasibility study that would look into building a public hospital to treat those suffering from mental illness in the city.

KVIA-TV in El Paso (https://goo.gl/D9Pn3a) councilors voted Monday to contribute $25,000 for the study.

Mental health advocates at the council meeting expressed the need for a state-run facility in Las Cruces that provides long term care.

Once the results of the study are released, the city and county will then decide if they will ask the state legislature for money. There is no timeline on when a state-run facility could be built.

Officials estimate it could be years down the road.

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