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When the new Military Unit at Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System opens two weeks from today, those who serve our country will have a place to call home that meets their needs.
The 24-bed, 17,500-square foot Military Unit opens for occupancy Feb. 1. There will be an invitation-only ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the facility from 3 to 5 p.m Wednesday.
“I think it’s important for people to know that with the Military Unit in place, we will have a separate unit for military, a separate unit for CD (chemical dependency) patients and a separate psychiatric unit,’’ LTBHS Chief Executive Officer Chuck Webb said. “It’s something that will be better for our military.’’
He said the new Military Unit will have a military atmosphere with flags and murals.
The project started early last April at a cost of just over $3 million. Webb said over the last few years LTBHS has averaged about 24 soldiers at a time.
“When men and women come here, they are very physically fit,’’ Webb said. “This allows us to have more space and more group rooms. Having the Military Unit allows us to better meet their needs.’’
Webb said LTBHS will treat soldiers for depression and chemical abuse, among other things.
“We see soldiers from the war zone,’’ Webb said. “They face the stresses of life and war. Sometimes we see some abuse versus a dependency.’’
The Military Unit also will have additional equipment, such as tele-medicine, to be able to make contact with various posts.
“We’ll have a media room to communicate with families and clinicians at Fort Campbell and Fort Knox,’’ he said.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.