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Comprehensive Mental Health planning new psychiatric facility

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Comprehensive Mental Health is making plans for a new psychiatric treatment center in Yakima.

The organization would take over inpatient care, which is currently handled by Memorial Hospital.

They're planning to build the new facility on a vacant lot at the intersection of 2nd avenue and walnut. Comprehensive says moving the program out of memorial will free up beds for more local patients.

"Access has been a challenge in that there are very few of these kinds of beds in the state and so there's a great demand on the hospital to accept people from anywhere in the state," says Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health CEO Rick Weaver.

Comprehensive says it will take a year and a half to finish the project, with an estimated cost of around four million dollars.

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