Changes to the State Hospital System

The Texas Legislature has invested more than $1 billion for construction and renovation of hospitals in Austin, Kerrville, Rusk and San Antonio, and a new hospital in Houston. HHSC is also spending $10.7 million to replace the administration building in Rusk. More than $237 million has been approved by the Legislature for a new hospital in the Dallas Metroplex, which is still in the planning stages.

HHSC’s Health and Specialty Care System is working with medical schools across Texas to design these hospitals and with community providers and resources to ensure continuity of care. We are building partnerships that will join cutting-edge research with operational expertise to create a more effective healing environment.

These projects are a part of the Health and Specialty Care System’s transformation of inpatient psychiatric care in Texas. They are founded on three bedrock principles: Systems-based continuum of care, unparalleled care and easy access.

Systems-Based Continuum of Care

  • State hospitals provide inpatient psychiatric care for adults, adolescents and children and are important for people requiring psychiatric services.
  • Inpatient care at the state hospitals should not be the first line of treatment for a person. Texans need access to the full array of mental health services. State hospitals are a critical component of that system.

Unparalleled Care

  • The planned renovations and new buildings will incorporate the latest design elements, complementing cutting-edge services.
  • The design of behavioral health facilities can affect treatment and care. These projects’ modern design will match the state-of-the-art care provided within them.

Easy Access

  • People are better served when services are available close to home. Working alongside community partners to develop an array of services that support people’s need as close to their homes as possible is a top priority.
  • By incorporating technology to bridge geographic gaps in areas where psychiatric staff are difficult to recruit, our plan allows us to provide services in locations that lack sufficient inpatient psychiatric treatment.

State Hospital Comprehensive Plan

HHSC worked with stakeholders to develop a Comprehensive Plan for the State Hospitals (PDF).

State Hospital Construction Projects

Austin State Hospital

Summary
HHSC is working with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to design and build a 240-bed hospital to replace the current one on campus.

Capacity Added: This project will replace existing beds.

Status
30 percent completed.

Cost

  • Phase I -- $15.5 million in planning and pre-planning approved by 2017 Legislature.
  • Phase II -- $165 million for construction approved by 2019 Legislature.
  • Phase III -- $124.1 million for construction approved by 2021 Legislature.
  • Total -- $304.6 million

Schedule

  • Opens November 2023.

Photos, Videos and Virtual Tours

 

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Austin State Hospital New Construction

Artist’s rendering of Austin State Hospital.

 

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Austin State Hospital warehouse construction

 

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The new warehouse at Austin State Hospital will serve both the hospital and Austin State Supported Living Center. Photo from September 2020.

The new warehouse at Austin State Hospital will serve both the hospital and Austin State Supported Living Center. Photo from September 2020.

Kerrville State Hospital

Summary
Kerrville State Hospital is planning to renovate existing campus buildings and add 70-maximum security unit beds. Learn more from this video.

Capacity added: 70 new MSU beds

Cost

  • $30.5 million for design and renovation

Status
79 percent completed.

Schedule

  • Opens April 2022.

Click here for the Kerrville State Hospital construction update video.

 

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Kerrville State Hospital

Artist’s rendering of Kerrville State Hospital.

Rusk State Hospital

Summary
Rusk State Hospital is building a new maximum-security unit with 100 beds and a new non-maximum-security unit with 100 beds. Rusk is also replacing the administration building. Learn more from this video.

Capacity added: These units will replace existing beds with an increase of 60 maximum-security beds.

Cost

  • $188.8 million for planning and construction approved by 2017 Legislature.

Administration building

  • $10.7 million

Status

  • New Patient Units are 26 percent completed.
  • Administration building is complete.

Schedule

  • New units open May 2023.
  • Administration building opened September 2021.

 

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Rusk State Hospital

Artist’s rendering of Rusk State Hospital.

 

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Construction crews at Rusk State Hospital begin at sunup in this photo from September 2020.

Construction crews at Rusk State Hospital begin at sunup in this photo from September 2020.

Click here for the Rusk State Hospital construction update video

San Antonio State Hospital

Summary
HHSC is building a 300-bed hospital to replace the current facility at San Antonio State Hospital and renovating another building to add 40 new beds on campus.

New Hospital Project
Capacity Added:
The new hospital will replace existing beds.

Cost

  • Phase I -- $14.5 million for planning and pre-planning approved by 2017 Legislature
  • Phase II -- $190.3 million for construction approved by 2019 Legislature.
  • Phase III – $152.4 million approved by 2021 Legislature.

Status
Replacement Hospital is 26 percent completed.

Schedule

  • Opens January 2024.

Hospital Renovation

Capacity added: 40 beds

Cost

  • Phase I -- $11.5 million for planning and construction approved by 2017 Legislature.

Status
Renovation is completed.

Schedule

  • Opened March 2021.

 

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San Antonio State Hospital

Artist’s rendering of the new hospital project at San Antonio State Hospital.

 

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Construction of new San Antonio State Hospital

This photo from May 2020 shows the site of the 300-bed replacement hospital in San Antonio.

 

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Exterior Construction of new San Antonio State Hospital

This photo from August 2020 shows the work at the ground level on the site of the replacement hospital in San Antonio.

 

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This photo from September 2020 shows it's two-thirds of the way to completion.

When the renovation is completed, it will add 40 beds to the San Antonio State Hospital. This photo from September 2020 shows it's two-thirds of the way to completion.

Click here for the San Antonio State Hospital construction update video.

John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center

Summary
HHSC and UTHealth Houston are working together to build, design and operate the 264-bed John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. The hospital will serve patients with short-term commitments.

Capacity added: 264 beds

Cost

  • $126.5 million

Status
95 percent complete.

Schedule

  • Opens February 2022.

Click here for the John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center construction update video.

 

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UTHealth Houston Continuum of Care Campus

Artist’s rendering of the John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center Campus in the Texas Medical Center.

 

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Construction at the UTHealth Houston Continuum of Care Campus

The new hospital is a joint project between the Health and Human Services Commission and the UTHealth Houston. Photo from January 2020.

 

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Construction at the UTHealth Houston Continuum of Care Campus

When completed, the new hospital will have 264 beds. Photo from January 2020.

 

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New hospital will add to Texas mental health treatment capacity

 

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The new hospital is 50 percent completed in this photo from September 2020.

The new hospital is 50 percent completed in this photo from September 2020.

To Get Involved or Learn More

Email: healthandspecialtycare@hhsc.state.tx.us