Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON – The physician who has already received a green light from the state to open a 24-bed juvenile psychiatric treatment facility in Benton is petitioning to add another 13 beds to the program.
Dr. Ijaz Mahmood has filed a letter of intent with the state’s Certificate of Need board to add the beds to the already-approved Purchase Youth Village Level II Psychiatric Regional Treatment Facility (PRTF). The application has been filed under the name Life Spring Youth Center.
If approved, the program will be housed in the old Marshall County Hospital, along with the 24-bed facility which was approved by the state in February.
Work has not yet begun on renovations to the hospital building to prepare it for the opening of the PRTF.
Physicians and the building’s owners say once complete, the facility will resemble a home-like environment, with around-the-clock treatment for patients ages 6 to 21. Healthcare professionals will provide services for youth with emotional disabilities.
In a previous interview, Marshall County Family Court Judge Rob Mattingly said that could make the healing process easier for juveniles coming through his court.
“For families, it will be a benefit,” said Mattingly. “A lot of times I will have to remove a child for nothing the family or child has done, but for something the child is going through.”
He said having this facility in western Kentucky will mean eliminating hundreds of miles of travel for treatment in the nearest facility.
The previous application for the 24-bed facility took nearly a year to gain approval, so it could be months before a decision is granted on the additional 13 beds.