HHSC, UT Southwestern to partner on psychiatric hospital to serve DFW area
Plans for a new state psychiatric hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex received a boost with $44.7 million in state funding.
Appropriations will contribute to the planning, design, and purchase of land for a facility to serve the region.
UT Southwestern Medical Center
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center will unite the expertise of the two organizations, along with community stakeholders to create a state-of-the-art mental health system.
UT Southwestern’s president said the new facility would allow the organizations to increase the availability of mental health care, advance the research needed to develop the next generation of treatments, and expand the mental health workforce.
The new state hospital will address needs as outlined in a 2017 report and will add to the current 10-facility state hospital state network. The DFW hospital would primarily focus on care for adults and those involved with the justice system.
Since 2017, the Texas Legislature has appropriated more than $1 billion in funding for the replacement, renovation, or expansion of state hospitals throughout Texas. In 2021, these appropriations included more than $276 million to complete construction of renovated hospitals in Austin and San Antonio and more than $69 million to operationalize additional beds in Kerrville and Houston.