Upgrade Sought For Fulton State Hospital

Officials with the Missouri state mental hospital at Fulton are talking up the idea of expanding the hospital to accomodate mentally ill people with violence problems. . .people who now are either on the street or in prison.

The Fulton state hospital is Missouri’s only maximum- and intermediate-security psychiatric hospital.  It’s also the oldest public mental hospital west of the Mississippi River.

The state Department of Mental Health is proposing a new 300-bed, high-security facility at a cost of about 211 million dollars.
Officials say current facilities at Fulton are so old that a new building would save about 3-million dollars a year in utilities, staffing and workers’ compensation.

Governor Nixon and lawmakers this year are considering bonds to pay for capital improvements at college campuses, state facilities and parks.

– Bob Hamilton, KMOX News

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