Media Advisory

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips
HHS Executive Commissioner
Date:November 6, 2019
Christine Mann, 512-424-6951

Texas Officials to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for Rusk State Hospital Construction

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services is hosting a groundbreaking event Nov. 12 for the construction of new patient units at Rusk State Hospital.

With nearly $200 million in approved funding from the Texas Legislature and the Governor, HHS will build a new patient complex and administrative building, enhancing the state-of-the-art care HHS team members provide while eliminating the challenges older buildings pose for modern health care. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.

Established in 1919, Rusk State Hospital offers inpatient adult psychiatric services to people in 36 counties throughout East Texas.

WHAT: Rusk State Hospital groundbreaking ceremony including remarks by state and city officials at the construction site. Photo opportunities and onsite interviews will be made available.

WHO: Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, HHS Executive Commissioner
Mayor Angela Raiborn
Rep. Travis Clardy
Sen. Robert Nichols

WHEN: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

WHERE: Rusk State Hospital, Building 501, 805 North Dickinson Drive, Rusk

Reporters should RSVP by contacting Christine Mann at

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