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Reading Hospital, Acadia partner to provide behavioral health services in Berks, region

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Reading Hospital and Acadia Healthcare will build an inpatient behavioral health facility in Bern Township. (Contributed)
Reading Hospital and Acadia Healthcare will build an inpatient behavioral health facility in Bern Township. (Contributed)

Reading Hospital and Acadia Healthcare will build a 144-bed inpatient behavioral health facility on Route 183 in Bern Township beginning early next year.

The center, which is expected to open in early 2019, is part of a joint venture partnership between Reading Hospital and Acadia Health, based in Franklin, Tenn., to provide behavioral health services to Berks and surrounding counties.

“We have an urgent need for additional behavioral health resources in our community,” Clint Matthews, president and CEO of Tower Health and Reading Hospital, said in a statement.

The 2016 Berks County Community Health Needs Assessment identified a significant need for behavioral health care and chemical dependency treatment services in the Berks County region.

The new facility will include inpatient adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatric care. It also will include partial hospitalization programming, intensive outpatient program services, outpatient counseling, physician professional services, consultation and chemical dependency care.

The center will be built on an 82-acre parcel that is large enough for future growth.

The 2016 Berks County Community Health Needs Assessment showed that one in five residents of Berks County has been diagnosed with either an anxiety or depressive disorder and two in five had activity limitations because of poor physical or mental health.

Joey Jacobs, CEO and chairman, Acadia Healthcare, said in a statement, “The Community Health Needs Assessment clearly identified the growing need for additional behavioral health resources in this community, and Acadia is proud to partner with Tower Health to expand and enhance the existing services currently offered at Reading Hospital.”

Acadia provides behavioral health and addiction services to patients in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics and therapeutic school-based programs.

Acadia has several facilities in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

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