Yesterday, Governor Mike Pence announced plans to construct the Indiana Neuro Diagnostic Institute, a new $120 million mental health hospital. The hospital will be located adjacent to Community East Hospital in an effort to provide patients with better access to other health services, and will include 159 beds and is projected to serve 1,500 patients per year. The focus of this neuro-diagnostic institute is to serve individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Construction of the facility is projected to be complete in September 2018.
Governor Pence and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Dr. John Wernert shared their excitement about the project.
“This new institute will serve as the centerpiece of our ongoing commitment to improve mental health care and address the scourge of addictions in Indiana,” said Governor Pence. “This new institute is another part of our strong commitment to improving health care in Indiana and to caring for our most vulnerable fellow citizens, including those living in poverty, with disabilities and impaired from psychiatric illnesses, brain diseases and addictions.”
“As a practicing psychiatrist, I recognize that advances in brain research and clinical care of mental disorders have made it imperative that we strive to significantly move our public mental health delivery system forward,” said Dr. Wernert. “FSSA is engaged in an ongoing effort to integrate the state’s mental health facilities and other elements of the public mental health system into a comprehensive, integrated mental health network. This new, cutting-edge neuro-diagnostic treatment center will complement the development of the state-operated facility network and significantly improve the quality of care.”
INARF applauds the state’s commitment to expanding and enhancing mental health services for Hoosiers.