News Release

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips
HHS Executive Commissioner
Date:September 30, 2019
Christine Mann, 512-424-6951

Texas Officials to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Austin State Hospital

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services along with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin will host a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 3 to kick off construction of a modern, state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital to replace the buildings on the Austin State Hospital campus.

The Texas Legislature and the Governor approved $180.5 million in funding for initial construction and design of a new 240-bed hospital in Austin to replace the current hospital. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is partnering with Dell Medical School to design and construct the new facility.

Austin State Hospital opened its doors in 1861 and has provided acute inpatient psychiatric care to numerous Texans throughout the years. The total cost budgeted for the new hospital is approximately $305 million and it is expected to be completed by mid-2023, pending legislative approval of remaining funding needs.

WHAT: Austin State Hospital groundbreaking ceremony featuring remarks by health officials at the construction site. Photo opportunities, virtual reality tours, and onsite interviews will be made available.

WHO: Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, HHS executive commissioner
Dr. Stephen Strakowski, associate vice president for regional mental health at Dell Medical School
Sen. Kirk Watson

WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3.

WHERE: Austin State Hospital's Pecan Park, 4110 Guadalupe St., Austin

Reporters should RSVP by contacting Christine Mann at

For a virtual 3D rendering of the spaces inside the new hospital, fact sheet and related materials, click here.

For more information about state hospital construction projects throughout the state, visit Changes to the State Hospital System page on the HHS website.