HHSC to Host Information Session on Terrell State Hospital Construction Project

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

TERRELL – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is inviting the public to attend an information session on Thursday, May 23, to learn about the construction of the $573 million replacement of the Terrell State Hospital.

The community information session will offer an overview of state hospital improvements and provide the public an opportunity to ask questions.

“Thanks to a significant investment by Gov. Greg Abbott and the 88th Texas Legislature, we are close to breaking ground on the new Terrell State Hospital,” said Scott Schalchlin, HHSC deputy executive commissioner of the Health and Specialty Care System. “We want community members, leaders and neighbors to learn about how this replacement hospital will benefit their community with modernized, high-quality inpatient psychiatric care.”

Terrell State Hospital opened in 1885. Construction of the 250-bed replacement hospital is set to begin late this summer, and completion is expected fall 2027. The new facility will have 25 civil commitment, 50 maximum-security, 140 non-maximum-security and 35 adolescent beds.

The new hospital will feature state-of-the-art therapeutic spaces and separate areas for adult and adolescent patients. The maximum-security unit will include strict security measures to ensure the safety of patients, staff and the community.

Since 2017, Gov. Abbott and the legislature have invested more than $2.5 billion to replace, renovate and rebuild state hospitals across Texas. HHSC owns and operates one residential treatment center for youth and nine state hospitals for people experiencing mental illness. Patients in these facilities require inpatient, evidence-based care and treatment.

WHAT: Community Information Session

WHEN: 6-7 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2024

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

Reporters should RSVP by emailing Emily Hummel.