College Station Mental Health Hospital Opens Tuesday

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas There will soon be another resource to treat mental illness in the Brazos Valley.

A new behavioral health hospital opens in just a few days on Rock Prairie Road in College Station.

News 3 takes a closer look at the 72 bed facility that will soon offer services for the whole region.

Deliveries are being made and electricians are making the finishing touches on the brand new Rock Prairie Behavioral Health Hospital on Normand Drive next to the College Station Medical Center.

Strategic Behavioral Health is investing $12 million for the facility which will provide around the clock treatment for depression, grief, other mental health problems and substance abuse.

"As a whole you know this is a great addition to our community. It'll be giving some services that we don't currently have," said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.

Kirk says law enforcement will benefit when dealing with people undergoing a mental health crisis.

Just before our interview College Station Firefighters and Police responded to a psychiatric emergency at the Campus Village Apartments on Harvey Mitchell Parkway where a man was reportedly displaying schizophrenic signs.

"We actually have four deputies that are assigned to the crisis intervention unit and they're working with MHMR and other law enforcement agencies and along with our own working to keep these folks that might be in crisis out of our jail," said Kirk.

In the past they've had to transport people to Austin, Houston and once El Paso for treatment.

"The patient needs to be seen and if we have to delay that by transporting them somewhere then there's a risk there, the highway risks that you have, and then the expense," he added.

We're told there'll initially be 60 to 70 employees here at the mental health hospital and they'll also provide free clinical assessments for the public 24 hours a day.

Rock Prairie Behavioral Health will start seeing patients on Tuesday.

The facility will host an open house from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. on Monday.

In November 2012 the College Station City Council offered an eight year tax abatement that will save the company about $200,000, but the city will still bring in about $240,000 in property taxes.