PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A new Maricopa County Mental Health Court was dedicated Thursday morning at the Valleywise Health Behavioral Health Center in Maryvale, expanding mental health services to the West Valley and beyond.

The civil court, part of the Maricopa County Superior Court system, is inside the Maryvale hospital and will serve patients at the new facility currently operating 120 beds for adult psychiatric treatment. Once all of the floors are open later this year, the hospital will have 192 beds, relieving ERs and psychiatric urgent facilities where patients with severe mental disorders often wait hours or even days for treatment.

“Over the last decade, the number of psychiatric beds in Maricopa County has not been able to keep up with the growing demand for these services,” Gene Cavallo, senior VP of behavioral health, said. “This new facility will enable patients to receive treatment close to home and near the support of family and friends.”

Valleywise Health operates three behavioral health centers – Maryvale with 192 beds (120 currently occupied) , Mesa with 126 beds, including 14 for adolescents; and Phoenix with 93 beds. In addition, Valleywise Health Medical Center has 22 beds for patients with behavioral health and medical issues. There are also mental health courts inside the Mesa and Phoenix locations.

Valleywise Health acquired Maryvale hospital in February 2018 after the previous owner closed the facility. In April of 2019, Valleywise Health re-opened a completely remodeled pediatric adult and pediatric emergency department, along with the first set of 48 psychiatric beds.

 

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