College Station Mental Health Hospital Now Open

COLLEGE STATION, Texas A new mental health hospital is officially opening for treatment.

Rock Prairie Behavioral Health had an open house and grand opening Monday morning on Normand Drive next door to the College Station Medical Center.

The Mental Health Hospital will provide treatment for substance abuse, those in a psychiatric crisis, and educational outreach resources as well.

Construction took 13 months to build the facility and they will also offer free mental health assessments 24 hours a day at this privately-owned hospital.

"It's a 55,000 square foot, 72 bed facility. It'll treat children, adolescents, adults and seniors," said Jim Shaheen, Strategic Behavioral Health Founder.

"About 25 percent of people in the United States technically are receiving psychiatric care and so whether you're on antidepressant medications or other things. And so the more we can educate people, the more we can really really reduce that stigma," said Duane Runyan, Ph.D., Rock Prairie Behavioral Health CEO.

College Station Mayor Nancy Berry also made a proclamation naming Monday Rock Prairie Behavioral Health Day.

The hospital begins treating adult patients Tuesday.

This is Memphis, Tennessee-based Strategic Behavioral Health's eighth facility to open around the country.

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