On Thursday, the group held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Maple Heights Behavioral Health center near the intersection of West Washington Center Road and Huguenard Road.
The new behavioral health hospital will be designed to meet demand for inpatient services in the area and represent about a $45 million investment in the community, according to a release.
Once complete, inpatient treatment will be provided for adults, seniors and adolescents who living with acute symptoms of mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and PTSD. The hospital will also offer a continuum of inpatient and outpatient services.
HAPPENING NOW | Lutheran Health Network is breaking ground on the new Maple Heights Behavioral Health hospital.— Josh Ayen – WANE 15 (@Josh_Ayen) August 5, 2021
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The new center comes at a time when the demand for mental health care has skyrocketed due to the ongoing pandemic. Mayor Tom Henry, who attended Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony, claims Indiana ranked 45th out of 50 states when it comes to accessibility, affordability and approachability of mental health services.
“We don’t deserve to be that high,” Mayor Henry said. “We have too many people who’s mission to life is to take care of those who suffer.”
Lutheran Health Regional President and CEO Mark Medley added that the new hospital comes at a time when more people are willing to address their mental health.
“I believe the pandemic has heightened that and brought forth new challenges,” Medley said. “Our youth being isolated from others – family, friends, from school, and the support resources and systems they have every day – I think it’s only heightened the awareness and need for behavioral healthcare services for all of our population.”
Lutheran Health’s new behavioral health hospital is scheduled to open in Spring 2022.