Wake set to build mental health complex

April 7, 2009 

— Wake County commissioners voted Monday to start clearing and grading land for an $18.6 million building to care for people with mental illness.

By approving the bids to build the facility, the board cleared the way for work to get started next month at a 19-acre site off Sunnybrook Road near WakeMed's Raleigh campus.

The Mental Health Continuum of Care Complex, named for the strategy of providing many services at one site, will consist of two buildings: a crisis assessment unit and a substance-abuse treatment facility.

The crisis unit will include a 16-bed secure detoxification ward as well as an area where those undergoing mental health evaluations can be medically supervised for up to 24 hours before being transferred to a long-term facility.

The substance-abuse treatment building will include a 16-bed voluntary treatment ward where patients can stay up to two weeks.

The complex is scheduled for completion in October 2010.

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