(08/23/13) - Children with psychiatric needs will be able to stay closer to home for treatment.
Health Source Saginaw hosted an open house for a new child adolescent mental unit.
For years, kids in the area were traveling to other counties to receive psychiatric care. Now they'll be a little closer to home.
In just a few weeks, the facility is expected to be home to children between the ages of 8-17 who have mental health issues.
"This building represents a state of the art facility which provides the maximum safety for individuals, a better way to provide care," said Lester Heyboer, president and CEO
"This addition today is going to take care of a segment of society and these kids are leaving this area, they're ending up in Grand Rapids and what a hardship for the families when that occurs," said Saginaw County Commissioner Dennis Krafft.
For the past two years, psychiatric children were turned away on a monthly basis. Some had to travel to the next closest facility, in Oakland County, because there wasn't a place for them in the area.
"What we found was that over 100 kids a month are actually unable to receive treatment here due to the fact that we didn't have enough space," said Lynne Price, the community education manager.
There are 23 beds. Several other features have been built throughout the unit.
"It has doors that are cut off at the top, hinges that go all the way down to prevent somebody from using a sheet to probably commit suicide," Heydoer said.
Employees are already training for the jobs that will come with this new facility.
About 10 jobs were created.
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