Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Charles Smith, Executive Commissioner
Contact:
Carrie Williams, 512-424-6951

AUSTIN – North Texas State Hospital-Vernon unveiled its $7.45 million renovation of the Victory Field campus Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and remarks by Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials.

The updated 45,392-square-foot building near the Vernon Campus of NTSH will be used to relocate and operate the hospital’s Adolescent Forensic Program, which provides in-patient psychiatric care for adolescents admitted through courts and mental health authorities.

"We are so pleased to be able to show our renovated building and new facilities," said HHSC Executive Commissioner Charles Smith. "Seeing this project come to fruition demonstrates our agency’s and our state’s commitment to improvement and highlights HHSC’s focus on doing what’s best for patients who are in our care."

Moving this program into its own location establishes a unique and specialized treatment space for the adolescent program. It also will provide additional capacity at NTSH for potential expansion of maximum security beds for adult patients. The project, funded by the Texas Legislature, included the construction of bedrooms, dayrooms and offices for the facility. It also included new furnishings, IT equipment, security equipment, patient transport vehicles, and a new kitchen for meal preparation on site. The facility also features murals, a gym and large classrooms with computers.

The building was most recently vacant. Before that it was being used by the Texas Youth Commission for various programs. The existing leadership and management staff of NTSH will be used to also support Victory Field, which will decrease administrative costs. NTSH-V employs 1,038 staff and has an annual budget of $53,591,084. NTSH also has a campus in Wichita Falls, which employs 934.     

About State Hospitals

State hospitals provide in-patient psychiatric care for adults, adolescents and children. Texas Health and Human Services is embarking on a multiyear project to expand, renovate and transform state hospitals. The Texas Legislature appropriated funds to that project.