Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco children's mental health facility gets state's okay

State regulators have given Morton Plant North Bay Hospital the go-ahead to build Pasco County's first in-patient facility for children and adolescents needing psychiatric care.

The Agency for Health Care Administration approved the 10-bed facility as part of a Dec. 4 settlement agreement with North Bay, hospital spokeswoman Beth Hardy said.

Hardy said North Bay, owned by Clearwater nonprofit Morton Plant Mease Health Care, has not decided where it would build such a facility.

One possibility, she said, is to add the beds to the Harbor, the New Port Richey mental health center that offers short-term emergency care aimed at stabilizing patients. The proposed in-patient facility would provide longer-term care.

The hospital's plan is to start construction sometime in mid 2010.

The settlement agreement came about because, in July, North Bay challenged the state agency's earlier denial of its application to build a 70-bed psychiatric facility — which had 60 beds for adults and 10 for children — in central Pasco County.

The hospital was also contesting ACHA's related decision to approve a rival plan by Ten Broeck Tampa to build a 40-bed psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for adults near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Pasco.

As part of the Dec. 4 agreement, North Bay agreed to drop those challenges. That decision paves the way for Ten Broeck, an affiliate of privately-held United Medical Corporation of Windermere, to pursue its plans.

Hardy said that North Bay insisted on the inpatient services for children, already a component of its original plans, because of the need in Pasco. Presently, children who require that kind of care must travel out of the county.

"This gives a very much needed resource in this county," she said.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at jtillman@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6247.

Pasco children's mental health facility gets state's okay 12/19/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 19, 2008 9:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. New Pinellas Trail stretch draws raves at opening

    Human Interest

    EAST LAKE — Mike Siebel bikes the Pinellas Trail four days a week and loops up and down the Suncoast Trail at least a couple times every year. A 68-year-old cycling diehard, he was so eager for the opening of the 5-mile segment extending the Pinellas Trail to the Pasco border that he would often drive across …

    Cyclists wait for the official opening of the Pinellas Trail's newest segment. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  2. Authorities recover body of missing boater in Lake Thonotosassa

    Accidents

    THONOTOSASSA — Authorities on Thursday recovered the body of a 44-year-old Plantation man who went missing while boating on Lake Thonotosassa.

  3. Chester Bennington, Linkin Park singer, dies by suicide at 41: Report

    Blogs

    Chester Bennington, the flame-throated singer of enormosly popular metal band Linkin Park, has reportedly committed suicide at age 41.

    Chester Bennington and Linkin Park last performed in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field in 2014.
  4. Fifth worker from TECO molten slag accident dies

    Public Safety

    The June 29 accident at the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach claimed a fifth life on Thursday.

    A fifth worker died following a June 29 accident at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. Anthony Perez, 56, an employee of BRACE Industrial Group, died Thursday. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES]
  5. Review: 'Midnight, Texas' overloads on supernatural, lacks luster

    Blogs

    There is a cemetery full of great supernatural shows out there. Unfortunately, Midnight, Texas isn't one of them.

    Parisa Fitz-Henley, center, and Francois Arnaud in Midnight, Texas.