Mental Health Leaders Join Forces For Eastern State Hospital Improvements

Lexington, Ky. - The head of an advocacy group for the mentally ill and the top administrator for the controversial Eastern State Hospital in Lexington say they have joined forces to push through the latest proposal to solve longstanding problems at the 185 year old facility.

The Bluegrass Regional Mental-Health and Mental Retardation Board, operators of Eastern State, have proposed building a new $130 million dollar facility that would serve up to 400 patients.

National Alliance for the Mentally ill (NAMI) Lexington Executive Director
Kelly Gunning says the mental health facility has long been the subject of criticism and concerns about patient safety and poor conditions and plansto improve have come and gone unfulfilled. But, says Gunning, not this time, working in tandem with Bluegrass MHMR.

Bluegrass MHMR Executive Director and CEO, Joe Toy, says joining forces with NAMI and working the political powers together greatly increase the chances for a solution to Eastern State.

The proposed facility would also include new programs for veterans and substance abusers. One of the possible sites being talked about for location of a new facility is the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Park.

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