Inpatient behavioral treatment unit for teens opens in Williamson County

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) – As the demand for behavioral health services for teens continues to increase in Central Texas, officials in Williamson County on Wednesday celebrated the completion of a new inpatient unit designed for that age group.

According to the county, the Maple Unit at Rock Springs behavioral health hospital in Georgetown has 24 adolescent beds for males and females who are 13 to 17 years old.

Erin Basalay, CEO of Rock Springs, spoke live with KXAN News at Noon on Wednesday.

She told anchors Jennifer Sanders and Mike Rush that families are turning to emergency rooms to access mental health care for teens.

Basalay spoke of a recent study from Texas Children’s that their hospitals’ “emergency room visits specific to adolescents with behavioral health issues rose over 800-percent in the last several years.”

Basalay said everyone will have access to Rock Springs’ services, not just people who live in Williamson County.

She encouraged families to open up “lines of communication” with their teens and have “hopefully proactive conversations about how they’re feeling and what’s going on and who their support system can be.”

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