|By Mary Ann Roser, Austin American-Statesman|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
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"We don't need to call it a drunk tank," Moore told the
Moore said afterward that she had an "aha moment" when she considered the inebriated partying that occurs during the annual South By Southwest music festival. A close-by place is needed to confine people arrested for public intoxication, she said, adding that social services also could be housed in the old hospital.
Other speakers, including
For example, Alzheimer's patients could receive day care and children and adults with mental health problems could be treated there, Valadez said. Family caregivers could take loved ones there for short periods of respite.
"It could be a haven of hope for
The 14.2-acre UMC Brackenridge campus, just south of 15th and east of Red River streets, includes the hospital with about 220 beds, a helicopter pad, a medical office building, two parking garages and the former Children's Hospital of
The new hospital will be owned, as well as operated, by the Seton Healthcare Family. Seton currently operates UMC Brackenridge on behalf of
More public hearings will be held to solicit ideas, including a forum this fall, said
"We will be in the planning phase for a long time," Stephens told the board.
Austin Travis County Integral Care, the community's mental health agency, will pay a dollar a year for the lease and use an
The facility, expected to open next summer, will provide a crucial, missing link of psychiatric care in
Most people will stay less than 48 hours, but some could be at the "extended observation" center as long as two weeks, officials said.
The facility will be adjacent to