New mental health correctional facility planned for Joliet
A new 200-bed mental health and medical correctional facility is planned for Joliet that is intended to provide intensive care for offenders with mental illness.
The building is expected to be 18,000-square-feet and will be near the Joliet Treatment Center.
“Mental illness is a serious public health issue that impacts families across our state,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a press release. “We’re working every day to make sure people have access to the treatment they need to cope and be whole. And, we’re making sure our correctional staff has the training they need to better understand mental illness, recognize when someone is in distress and diffuse the situation in a positive way. This new facility will only enhance our efforts and lead to more productive outcomes.”
The project will cost $150 million and will be the biggest construction project undertaken by Rauner. More than 400 medical professionals are expected to work at the inpatient treatment center, including physicians, nurse practitioners and psychologists.
The project is a partnership between the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Capital Development Board.
Construction is expected to begin next spring.