Robins & Morton, Texas Health and Human Services, and local and state officials gathered earlier this month to mark the official groundbreaking of Rusk State Hospital’s replacement facility. The 225,000-square-foot project will replace a 100-year-old behavioral health facility, complete with two 100-bed units for maximum and non-maximum-security patients.

Ultimately, this increases the existing maximum-security unit capacity by 60 beds. The administration building will also be replaced during this update. The state has allocated $195.6 million for the project. Overall campus construction is scheduled for completion in 2024, with the administration building opening in late 2021, the maximum-security unit opening in spring 2022, and the non-maximum-security unit opening in late 2024.