After spending years in the negotiation, planning and construction phases, the brand new Guilford County Behavioral Health Center is primed to open next week.
On Saturday, June 12, a ribbon-cutting will be held for the much-anticipated facility.
Former Guilford County Commissioner Jeff Phillips, one of the main architects of the mental health care overhaul in Guilford County and the chair of the board that now oversees the mental health center’s operations, said it’s good to see the facility finally opening its doors.
“It’s really exciting,” Phillips said, adding that the opening will be “a phased-in process.”
The new Guilford County Behavioral Health Center for adults is in the Maple Street Professional Center at 931 Third St. in Greensboro. It will be on a “mental health campus” next to another facility that will treat adolescents with mental health issues.
Phillips said that clients who currently receive care at other locations are now being notified of the change to the new building. He said some services are actually already being provided at the facility and this month it will welcome 700 to 1,000 clients.
Phillips also said the Behavioral Health Center board met in early June to work out some last-minute details of the opening and the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The county’s new collaborative mental health model includes several players: Guilford County, Cone Health, Sandhills Center – a management entirety that oversees the administration of mental health care in Guilford County – and area non-profits that work with those with mental challenges.,
The Guilford County Behavioral Health Center has been under construction for about two years. The county was able to complete the project despite a $7 million hole in the project’s budget after NC Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the state budget that included that money.