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Mental Health Center has new facility

February 04, 2003

The Mental Health Center's new facility off Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown has been completed.

Executive Director Mark Lannon said the facility was needed to centralize the Health Center's expanding services, which have been offered at three locations.

Licensed by the State of Maryland as an Outpatient Mental Health, Psychiatric Mobile Treatment and Psychiatric Rehabilitation, the Mental Health Center serves more than 1,350 people in the Washington County area.

The 27,000-square-foot building at 1180 Professional Court will house a work force that has grown to more than 130 employees Lannon said.

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The private, not-for-profit community mental health center provides outpatient services, adult foster care, therapeutic foster care, employee assistance consulting and training and school counseling.

The psychiatric rehabilitation offices will offer access to quality computer equipment for vocational and educational activities to assist consumers to enter the work force. The facility has a kitchen and laundry training area and equipment to help consumers learn self-sufficiency and support skills.

The rehabilitation area will offer a large exercise room for therapeutic movement, visual motor integration activities and exercise for clients and employees of the facility.

In November 2001, the Hagerstown City Council issued approximately $3 million in revenue bonds for the facility.

Hagerstown is not at risk for repaying the bond because revenue bonds will be repaid solely by the group receiving the money.

The Mental Health Center obtained the nearly $3 million in bonds to pay for the construction and equipping of its new building.

Rich Reichenbaugh, principal for Associated Engineering Sciences Inc., which managed the project, said more than 100 contracting jobs were created during construction of the facility. BMGM Architects designed the building, Waynesboro Construction built it and ARK Systems has been contracted to install voice and data network systems.

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