ALABAMA — The state of Alabama has received $1,935,000 in federal funds to build a new psychiatric hospital in the wake of the Alabama Barrow Neurological Institute’s tragic death.
The state Department of Corrections awarded the $1 million grant Wednesday to the Southern Career Institute to help build a psychiatric hospital at the facility in Belmont, the Associated Press reported.
The $1-million grant is part of the Department of Justice’s Community Mental Health Initiative, which provides funds for the construction of new mental health facilities.
Agency spokesman Michael P. Smith said the facility will have about 500 beds, with about 100 of them being dedicated to high-needs inmates.
He said the state will also use the funds to expand mental health services for inmates, but did not give details on the number of inmates.
The facility is part, in part, of the Southern Correctional Institution, which also includes two high-security prisons in Alabama.
The new facility is expected to open in 2019.
The department announced in February it had received $2.3 million in grants to build four high-risk high-capacity residential facilities in Alabama, including the Southern Rehabilitation and Correction Facility.