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State mental hospital in Pueblo expanding to meet federal regulations

Posted at 1:56 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 08:04:31-04

PUEBLO, Colo. — The state mental hospital in Pueblo started construction last month on a unit that will add 24 beds to the facility’s forensic hospital, the Colorado Department of Human Services announced in a news release Tuesday.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is adding beds as part of an agreement that resolved an eight-year-old federal lawsuit over wait times for court-ordered competency services, according to the release.

The 24 beds will be for people who are committed by courts or found innocent by reason of insanity and are expected to open in November 2020, the department said.

Pueblo’s expansion is part of a total of 128 beds being added to facilities across the state through December 2021.