Mental health hospital could come to Templeton
November 17, 2014
A nearly 100-bed mental health hospital may be built Templeton if the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voices approval. [Tribune]
Louisiana-based Vizion Health LLC is proposing to build a 96-bed mental health hospital, along with a smaller assisted living facility for seniors, on a vacant parcel across from Twin Cities Community Hospital on Tablas Road. If built, the center would be the first of its kind in San Luis Obispo County, where the only mental health hospital is a county facility that limits stays to only several days.
Vizion Health’s proposal calls for a $25 million hospital that treats depression, anxiety disorder, suicidal thoughts, schizophrenia, social phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and eating disorders.
The structure would have two stories and house patients for an average of 7 to 10 days. About half of the patients would be children and adolescents.
“It’s not a locked-down facility. People will be there at will,” said project architect Jan Hochhauser. “A physician can admit somebody, but then the person can sign out against medical advice, just like you can at an existing hospital.”
A prior project at the site called for a nearly 200-bed assisted living facility. That plan fell through due to lack of financing and demand.
Opponents of the hospital are concerned that mentally ill patients will be released to the streets of Templeton.