North Texas State Hospital-Vernon unveiled a $7.45 million renovation of its Victory Field campus Jan. 9.
The updated 45,392-square-foot building near the Vernon Campus of the state hospital will be used to relocate and operate its Adolescent Forensic Program. The program provides in-patient psychiatric care for adolescents admitted through courts and mental health authorities.
“It is one part of a much bigger commitment we have made and are making to improve mental health and behavioral health care, not just in Vernon, but across the state,” HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith said at a ribbon cutting dedicating the facility.
North Texas State Hospital, one of 10 state hospitals in Texas, provides in-patient psychiatric care for adults, adolescents and children.
Adolescents at Victory Field will now have their own facility, improving their treatment and clearing space at the hospital for maximum security adult patients.
The project, funded by the Texas Legislature, includes bedrooms, dayrooms and offices in addition to new furnishings, IT equipment, security equipment, patient transport vehicles and a new kitchen for meal preparation on site. The facility features murals, a gym and large classrooms with computers.
The building had previously been used by the Texas Youth Commission for various programs.
The hospital employs 1,038 staff at the Vernon location and has an annual budget of $53,591,084. It also has a campus in Wichita Falls with 934 employees.