Guilford County and Cone Health are finally ready to start the construction phase of a new mental health facility that will be the focal point of a brand new mental health services effort meant to completely transform the way those services are delivered in Guilford County,

On Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m., the plot of land at 931 Third St. in Greensboro will be filled with a virtual Who’s Who of county leadership, Cone leadership and others who for many years have been advocating for improved mental health service in the county.

Nearly a year ago, Guilford County – in an effort spearheaded by Commissioner Jeff Phillips – entered into an agreement with Cone Health to create an entirely new mental health care system in the county. The idea is to abandon the “silos” of care of the past and replace that largely ineffective model with a cohesive, holistic, streamlined service that offers full care – mental and physical – to clients facing mental health issues. The new model is also meant to implement best practices when it comes to fighting related problems such as opioid addiction.

The new mental health services building on Third Street will, by design, be very close to the Guilford County Health and Human Services Department building on Maple Street in Greensboro.

The county hopes to get financial help from the State of North Carolina in the 2019-2020 state budget that still hasn’t been approved; however, even without that state money the county has enough funds to get the project underway.