Garner clears way for mental health treatment center

Posted June 30, 2011 3:45 p.m. EDT

— Garner town leaders on Wednesday approved the permit for a behavioral health treatment center that would bring 250 jobs to the town. 

Memphis, Tenn.-based Strategic Behavioral Health announced in March that it plans to build a 92-bed residential treatment facility for troubled youth ages 6 to 17. The $12 million, 56,000-square-foot facility will employ 250 nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, counselors and support staff, he said.

Strategic Behavioral Health has a similar 72-bed facility for adolescents in Leland.

Patients usually stay at the treatment centers for four to six months, and families often visit to participate in therapy, Shaheen said.

The center will be located in the Greenfield Business Park off U.S. Highway 70, and it is scheduled to open by June 2012.