State approves $18 million psychiatric hospital in Georgetown

The Delaware Health Care Commission last week unanimously approved SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) Behavioral Health’s application for a proposed 90-bed psychiatric hospital, to be located in Georgetown.

A public hearing for the psychiatric hospital was held in September, during which the majority of those who spoke were in favor of the application’s approval.

At the hearing, state Sen. Brian Pettyjohn was one person who spoke in favor of the proposed hospital, noting that he had also sent in letters of support for the applicant.

“The facility is going to fill a significant gap we have here in Sussex County and will help neighboring areas in Maryland, as well,” he said.

The 70,000-square-foot hospital is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017. Construction on the $18 million facility is expected to begin next year.

The facility, which will employ approximately 150 people, will provide treatment for children, adolescents, adults and seniors through intensive in-patient treatment, out-patient care and specialty programs for women, veterans and substance abuse.

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