Construction Begins On Controversial Mental Health Facility

Construction has begun on a new, controversial, mental health facility in Grand Junction, and officials say the location will allow them to help more people. The new complex will be called the Western Slope Mental Health Stabilization Center, and contractors estimate it could be done in as soon as nine months on the 28 3/4 Road facility.

The complex will consist of four buildings. Colorado West Mental Health will have an outpatient services and administrative office building, as well as a triage crisis unit and two separate units for children and adult services.

Some of the organization's other locations will close and move to the new spot. Colorado West officials say this will allow them to be more efficient with resources and provide more consistent care. The new stabilization center will also allow the organization to provide a wider array of services to more people.

The mental health facility caused some concern among neighbors because it will be located near several child–oriented programs. Colorado West officials say they continue to have discussions with the neighbors in an attempt to address their concerns.

The new facility should be open by the spring of 2006.

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