Beaumont is getting ready to move to a more modern health care system, one that’s less expensive, but also offers fewer options.
The Texas city of 10,000 is building an array of facilities that will provide services such as respite care, social workers and psychologists to residents, and it’s opening the doors to other residents as well.
Beaumont, which has a population of about 1.6 million, is preparing to open up new services for its residents in 2018, including a rehabilitation facility and other services to help residents with mental health issues.
The city is moving ahead with the $3.6 billion plan, a $200 million increase in the size of its outpatient hospital and a $2.5 billion increase in its general-care center.
The $2 billion expansion of the general-health center, which is under construction and expected to open in the fall of 2018, will include the ability to open emergency rooms and a rehabilitation clinic for people with mental illnesses.
Beaumons new emergency department will have four beds, the mayor said in a statement.
The $200m rehabilitation facility will offer a community-based, outpatient program for adults and teens with mental illness.
“The expanded outpatient center will be designed to meet the unique needs of individuals in need of intensive mental health care services,” the statement said.
“We are committed to providing services in a timely manner and in a community setting that supports our residents’ personal, health and safety.”
In a recent interview, the governor’s chief of staff, Dan Saucier, said the expansion of services would help residents, especially older people, to get more attention and care.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” Sauciers told the Houston Chronicle.
“The new facilities will help people who have a chronic condition to get the attention they need and those who have mental illness get the care they need.”
Beaumans plan to expand the outpatient clinic to more than 50 residents, including people with serious mental illnesses, according to the city’s press release.
To expand, Beaumans will add more mental health and substance abuse specialists, more staff to the facility and additional staff in other departments.
In addition, Beams will expand its mental health clinic to a maximum capacity of 600 patients, the city said.
Some of Beaumons plans will include expanding its outpatient care and services, but others will be tailored to residents with a mental illness, Sauciere said.
The mayor also announced plans to add a mental health center for adults with substance abuse issues to the outpatient hospital, but the plan will be more limited in scope than the others.
For more information, visit www.beaumontemergency.com.