BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Oceans Behavioral Health Hospital will expand after the metro council unanimously approved a performance-based incentive grant for the facility on Dec. 11. The project will bring new jobs to north Baton Rouge.
"This was a project that we had to work on for quite some time, but the manifestation of it is certainly very rewarding. We now have a first-class healthcare facility to address mental health issues that will be located there, which will respond to hundreds of needs that exists not only in north Baton Rouge, but in other areas,” said East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
The grant will give Oceans $140,000 per year over a 10 year period with an expected return of $2.1 million in new tax revenue.
The Oceans facility will expand in Howell Place off of Harding Boulevard by leasing a significant portion of the building.
Mark Armstrong, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, says the expansion will allow the facility to provide high-quality, geriatric care services to patients with behavioral health challenges like dementia, schizophrenia, and other conditions which require long-term inpatient care.
“The community has been asking for the attention to this area. Those who may want to use the services there, it’s closer now and it’s readily available. This is a sign of more things to come,” said Jerry Jones, director for the North Baton Rouge Development District.
Armstrong says the Oceans expansion will complement the new Bridge Center, which will offer stabilizing, short-term care for Baton Rouge’s mental health needs.
The Oceans expansion is expected to create 80 jobs, according to Armstrong. The facility is expected to open in February of 2021.