FARGO — Prairie St. John's announced Monday, May 10, that construction has resumed on its new behavioral health facility at 510 Fourth St. S., in Fargo.

The work had paused briefly this spring due to the pandemic.

The new facility will feature:

  • A 128-bed acute behavioral health hospital, an increase from the current 110 beds
  • An investment of $47 million for new facility construction

  • Specialized programming including an electroconvulsive therapy suite
  • Enhanced and expanded intensive day programs and outpatient care

  • Increased collaboration of multidisciplinary teams

Construction on the new facility is expected to be complete in late 2022.

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"We listened to our community to learn how we can deliver more meaningful care. With this project, we intend to provide what’s needed to benefit those who need our help," said Prairie St. John’s CEO Jeff Herman.

Prairie St. John’s receives 15,000 inquiries for behavioral healthcare services per year.

Numbers from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly one in five Americans, or 43.8 million adults, has a diagnosable mental health condition.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates in North Dakota increased more than 57% and suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the state, according to the NIMH and CDC.