Mesa could be site of new 100-bed mental health hospital

Mesa’s planning fee has authorized a site plan evaluate for constructing a new hospital close to Elliot and Ellsworth roads.

MESA, Ariz. — A new 100-bed mental health hospital is beneath growth in Mesa because the Valley grapples with a major want for extra behavioral health providers. 

Acadia Healthcare, which already operates hospitals in Chandler and Tucson, has put in requests to assemble one other facility in east Mesa close to Elliot and Ellsworth roads.

Last month, the Mesa Planning and Zoning Commission authorized a site plan evaluate for the 77,000-square-foot hospital that is projected to generate at the least 158 new jobs within the East Valley group.

Some close by residents expressed opposition to having a mental health hospital of their yard, however Acadia’s representatives assured metropolis officers that the power will be beneath fixed surveillance and be surrounded by 14-foot-tall safety partitions.

Cassandra Ayres, an legal professional representing the builders, stated the proposed hospital will assist fill a rising demand for mental health care in Arizona. 

There’s a deficit of 893 beds in Maricopa County, she informed metropolis officers, primarily based on the present want for therapy locally. 

“We hope to use this facility to expand the access to quality behavioral health care,” Ayres stated. 

A 2020 report ranked Arizona practically final in a nationwide rating of states measuring their charges of availability for mental health care suppliers. 

Despite the purported want for healthcare in Arizona, Valleywise Health introduced earlier this summer season it was closing 118 beds throughout its three behavioral health areas on account of a scarcity of accessible staffing. 

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