Nixon Announces Funding Plan To Build New State Psychiatric Hospital

Gov. Jay Nixon | Photo from of
Jay Nixon | Photo from of

Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed issuing state bonds to build a $211 million facility to replace the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Fulton. The governor also announced that he had released $11 million in state funds already allocated to planning the new facility.

A state Senate committee dedicated to capital improvements listed the Fulton project, which could create more than 2,500 new jobs in the area, as its top priority. Senators visited the facility and decided it was “slowly crumbling and in desperate need of repair.”

The Fulton State Hospital opened in 1851, making it the oldest state psychiatric facility west of the Mississippi River. The governor said the facility was aging and cramped, leading to injuries to staff and patients. Based on workers’ compensation filings, he said it is more dangerous to work at the Fulton State Hospital than at any Department of Corrections facility in Missouri.

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