HHSC to Host Information Session on Lubbock Psychiatric Center Construction Project

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

LUBBOCK – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is inviting the public to attend an information session on Wednesday, June 12, to learn more about construction plans for the new $121 million Lubbock Psychiatric Center.

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

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

The 50-bed hospital will provide inpatient mental health care to patients in a maximum-security setting. Construction is slated for late 2024 with an estimated completion in summer 2027.

The new hospital will have state-of-the-art therapeutic spaces to facilitate patient recovery, including outdoor spaces, individual patient rooms and extensive use of natural light. Security measures, such as perimeter fencing, video surveillance, alarms, electronic monitors and additional staff, will help ensure the safety of patients, staff and the community.

Since 2017, Gov. Abbott and the state Legislature have invested more than $2.5 billion to replace, renovate or build state hospitals across Texas.

HHSC owns and operates one residential youth treatment center 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., Wednesday, June 12, 2024

WHERE: South Plains College Downtown Center, Room 1006
                1625 13th St. 
                Lubbock, TX

Reporters should RSVP by emailing PressOffice@hhs.texas.gov.

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