HHSC Hosting Community Information Session on $573 Million Terrell State Hospital Construction Project

Media Advisory
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Cecile Erwin Young
HHS Executive Commissioner
Jennifer Ruffcorn, 512-424-6951

TERRELL – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is inviting the media to tour Terrell State Hospital and learn more about the construction plans for the $573 million replacement hospital during a community information session on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

“Thanks to a significant investment by Governor Greg Abbott and the 88th Texas Legislature, our state hospitals are being replaced, upgraded and expanded,” said Scott Schalchlin, deputy executive commissioner of the HHSC Health and Specialty Care System. “These investments to our facilities will support HHSC’s continuing mission to provide high quality care in modern, therapeutic environments.”

Since 2017 Governor Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers have invested more than $2.5 billion to replace, renovate or rebuild state hospitals across the state. HHSC owns and operates nine state hospitals for individuals experiencing mental illness and one residential treatment center for youth. Patients in these facilities require an in-patient level of care to treat their mental health challenges. State hospitals serve adults, children and adolescents through evidence-based care and treatment.

Terrell State Hospital opened in 1885. Construction on the replacement hospital is set to begin in 2024. The new facility will have 250 beds: 50 maximum-security, 140 forensic non-maximum-security, 35 adolescent and 25 civil beds. Construction is estimated for completion in fall 2027.

The new hospital will feature state-of-the-art therapeutic spaces in a secure environment for patients, and have separate spaces for adult patients and those under the age of 18. The maximum-security unit will have additional security measures in place to ensure the safety of patients, staff and the community.

During the community information session, HHSC staff will provide an overview of the expanding state hospital system and hold a question-and-answer session.

WHAT: Terrell State Hospital Media Tour and Community Information Session

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023
               4-5 p.m. – Media Tour 
               6-7 p.m. – Community Information Session

WHERE: Terrell State Hospital Gym
               1200 E. Brin St.
               Terrell, TX

Reporters should RSVP by emailing Jennifer Ruffcorn.

For more information about state hospital construction projects, visit the HHSC Changes to Texas State Hospitals page.