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Outside shot of Willow Creek

Strategic Behavioral Health, a for-profit company based in Memphis, Tennessee, plans to build a 72-bed psychiatric hospital on Deming Way in Middleton. The building is expected to resemble the facility shown, Willow Creek Behavioral Health in Green Bay, run by the same company.

The Middleton City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a 72-bed psychiatric hospital in the Airport Road Business Park, along with $1.2 million in tax incremental financing.

Strategic Behavioral Health, a for-profit company in Memphis, Tennessee, plans to spend $17 million to $20 million on the facility, to be known as Miramont Behavioral Health. The company has 10 psychiatric hospitals in six states, including one in Green Bay, and is building two others in two additional states.

Construction is expected to begin this summer, and the facility could be open by summer 2019, said Jim Shaheen, president of Strategic Behavioral Health.

Miramont will add to the 90 or so inpatient psychiatric beds in Dane County, mostly located within general hospitals. It could divert people experiencing mental health crises from jail and reduce trips by law enforcement to Winnebago Mental Health Center in Oshkosh, mental health advocates, county officials and police have said.

But some have expressed concerns about nine immediate jeopardy violations and other sanctions Strategic Behavioral Health has faced in recent years at some facilities, including after 10 youth escaped in January from a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Miramont will be near two day care centers and two sports complexes.

“It’s overall good for the county, for the area,” said Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar. “But I’m still a bit anxious about its location. We’re going to have to make sure it’s as safe as any facility can be.”

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