Amarillo Mental Health Hospital

A land deal with Amarillo and Texas A&M University puts an inpatient mental health hospital one step closer to reality.

A press release says the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory will lease a 10-acre tract of land at its former lab, 6610 W. Amarillo Blvd, to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The HHSC will construct a 75-bed mental hospital, with plans to break ground late this summer and begin admitting patients in fall 2027.

School officials say the WTAMU Foundation is raising $750,000 to purchase the bus terminal by the Harrington Academic WTAMU Amarillo Center.

The university is also working with the city to use the property to expand the Laura and Joe Street School of Nursing.

The 88th Texas Legislature provided $159 million to build the hospital. The HHSC was directed to work with local officials to find land to use.

Potter County officials say having a mental health hospital in the Panhandle will allow patients experiencing a mental health crisis to get care faster and closer to home.

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