New mental health facility will begin construction in December

Trident Health System will break ground in December on a new freestanding behavioral health hospital. It will be the first of its kind in the Lowcountry in the last 30 years. Currently, there are about 250 beds for mental health patients in the Lowcountry. Those beds are provided by Trident Health System, the Medical University of South Carolina and Palmetto Behavioral Health. But, advocates for mental health say that number is not enough.