Monday, February 27, 2017

State Hospital Shares Treatment Facility Concepts With Kaneohe Neighborhood Board

We had an informative presentation from the Hawaii State Hospital at our February meeting.

New Treatment Facility: Hospital representatives shared a preliminary site plan for a building that will provide housing and treatment for 144 high-risk patients. The plan shows a main facility with branches that can be monitored from centrally located nurses’ stations. A controlled entryway will handle patient arrivals and departures. Small outdoor recreation yards will separate most of the branches. A secure exterior wall and high security fencing will enclose the facility.

Hospital officials hope to publish a final environmental impact statement for the facility in a couple of months and to submit the plan to the Honolulu City Council mid-year. (The draft environmental impact statement is available by clicking this link.) The goal is to start building in 2018 and finish in 2020.

The facility is expected to cost $160 million. It will replace the Goddard Building, a 69-year-old treatment facility that was torn down in 2016 after going unused for more than two decades.

Security Concerns: Responding to a question from the Board, Hospital Administrator William May said that if community members see someone whom they believe has escaped from the hospital, they should call 911. He said that law enforcement agencies would put an alert on CrimeStoppers and the Nixle emergency notification service.

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