Following months of stakeholder meetings and negotiations with state officials, Senator Carlos Uresti announced the San Antonio State Hospital, on the south side of San Antonio, in Senate District 19, will be receiving $14.5 million in state dollars for pre-planning and planning activities for total reconstruction of the hospital in addition to $1.2 million for immediate repairs and expansion of the existing campus.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, with approval from Governor Greg Abbott and the Legislative Budget Board, gave the final nod to an initial investment of $45.2 million to renovate and reconstruct Texas' mental and behavioral health hospitals.
“The constituents I represent deserve to have a modern state hospital that delivers the best care possible to residents of Bexar County and South Texas, Uresti said. “The current San Antonio State Hospital is full of potential, but the buildings on the campus are many decades old.”
The San Antonio State Hospital, which served nearly 35,000 unique patients from fiscal year 2016-2017, serves 54 counties around San Antonio and South Texas. The campus is over 100 years old, creating infrastructure and staffing challenges on the property that have resulted in temporary closures over the years.
"I want to thank all of our stakeholders including Methodist Healthcare Ministries who worked hard on the initial approval of this project during the 85th Texas Legislative Session. In the months since, I have been amazed by the community collaboration that has galvanized support amongst mental health stakeholders and driven this project forward." Uresti said.
The Executive Committee for the Reconstruction of the San Antonio State Hospital includes UT Health San Antonio, University Health System and other healthcare providers, local elected officials, academic institutions, and non-profits who serve Texans in SASH's 54-county region. The committee will help design the facility and oversee the seamless integration of the new San Antonio State Hospital into existing local mental health care.