Penn Highlands Healthcare (PHH) is constructing a full service, state of the art Behavioral Health Hospital. The Project seeks to address the lack of mental health services within the severely distressed, medically underserved, Low-Income Community.
The planned development, within the PHH master plan, involves the renovation of its East Campus facility to address the lack of mental health services within the surrounding region. According to The Department of Health and Human Services, the County of Dubois is identified as an HPSA – Health Professional Shortage Area for mental health with a score of 7 out of a possible 26. The Behavioral Health addition is anticipated to occupy approximately 51,700 square feet of space, create and retain quality jobs and increase the availability of BH services.
On the first floor of the Project, outpatient services including: therapy offices, a Behavioral Health care walk-in clinic and an intensive care unit for high acuity patients. The new second floor will be dedicated to children and adolescent inpatient programs. The third floor will focus on geropsychiatry inpatient programs and be renovated from outpatient services to an inpatient unit for those diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse issues. The expansion of Behavioral Health services will make more space available for non-mental health services.