Regulators approve the construction of two new mental health facilities in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Kern County’s regulatory agency unanimously approved the construction of two new mental health facilities in Bakersfield.

During its Tuesday morning meeting, the board approved the construction of the two 16-bed facilities, which are expected to cost around $ 25 million in total. The county’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services announced that one of the facilities will be for adults and the other for minors.

According to the department, the new facilities will provide therapeutic and rehabilitative inpatient services around the clock.

BHRS said the facilities are urgently needed as the existing psychiatric inpatient facilities in the county are operating at maximum capacity. Over the past five years, the department has seen a significant increase in the number of adults and minors requiring inpatient hospital stays.

“The two new (facilities) are critical to meeting the county’s current and future psychiatric needs,” said BHRS.

According to the department, the new facilities would not be built with general fund money, but through private partnerships, realignment funds and Medi-Cal fees.

BHRS expects the new facilities to be completed sometime in 2023.

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