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A new mental health center for children and teens is under construction in Charlotte

June 8, 2017 | BY Taylor Blatchford

A mental health crisis center for children and adolescents is under construction in Charlotte’s University City area, with plans to open by the end of the year.

The 11,654-square-foot center will be owned and operated by Monarch, a nonprofit organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders across North Carolina.

Located near Harris Blvd., the 16-bed center will provide treatment for families and children ages 6 to 17 facing mental health crises, including those who are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured or underinsured.

“Monarch is excited about all the meaningful collaboration surrounding this very important project that will address the tremendous mental health needs for children and adolescents in Mecklenburg County,” Blake Martin, Monarch executive vice president and chief development officer, said in a statement.

Red Rock Developments, a Columbia-based commercial developer with an office in Charlotte, expects to complete the building in the third quarter.

“Mental health is such a big issue in our society today and to help a company like Monarch expand into Mecklenberg County is a real privilege,” said Leah Barker Bailey, Red Rock’s vice president of development, in a statement.

charlotteobserver.com

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