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90-Bed Psychiatric Hospital Approved for Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A first of it's kind 90-bed psychiatric hospital was approved Thursday night to be built in Georgetown.

The facility that was passed unanimously by the Delaware Health Resources Board will be built by SUN Behavioral Health.

One point in the company's presentation was there are no other inpatient mental health facilities in Sussex County.

Many locals agree, and say they also hope it helps with the homeless problem. Leonard Butler used to be homeless and said he wants to help others avoid that life.

"It's so easy to throw your hands up and give up," he said. "It's terrible stuff but it can be managed, providing you have the right people to surround you to help you understand what it really means."

Linda Williams works at ACE Peer Center, a Seaford support group for health and wellness.

"It's awesome because one of the hardest things about working here is that we see so many people in need of treatment and we have to call all over the state to try and get a bed," she explained. "And most of the time there isn't one."

Scott Meade also used to be homeless and said preventative care is important.

"If you come from a family where they don't recognize your mental health issues and kind of act like an ostrich and put their head in the sand about it and you don't ever get to deal with it then it doesn't get any better," he illustrated.

The facility was approved with four conditions. One is to only admit inpatients that meet a certain criteria, two is to have a discharge plan including follow up, three to provide charity care and four to have electronic medical records.

Even though the hospital was approved unanimously, there were some local concerns about having mentally unstable people or drug users in Georgetown.

"They don't want these people around in a big quantity of people," Williams said. "But they're here and we just want to take care of them."

The hospital will be built off Route 404 next to Beebe Walk-In Care and La Red Health Center.

The groundbreaking is slated for summer of 2016 and be completed by summer of 2017.

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