AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s an upgrade that’s been talked about for years. Texas lawmakers approved $300 million to improve psychiatric care in the state.
The first round of funding will be used to improve the state’s in-patient psychiatric care system.
Some of that money will also help with the University of Texas Dell Medical School’s $15.5 million dollar re-design of the Austin State Hospital.
The hospital’s service area covers 33 counties for adults and 55 counties for children. The focus is to revolutionize the way Texas facilities diagnose and treat ‘brain health.’
Experts say re-imagining the Austin State Hospital will take mental health care to the next level, both here in central Texas and the state as a whole.
Dr. Courtney Phillips, the Executive Commisioner for Health and Human Services, says there are currently more than 700 people on waiting lists across Texas.
The money will also be used to expand capacity at state hospitals in Kerrville. San Antonio and Houston will receive new hospital campuses, as well.
The new facilities will add more than 300 additional beds for patients in the state. All of the money awarded for the Austin State Hospital will go to improve psychiatric care.