In the Pipeline: UHS, HonorHealth Break Ground; New Autism Facilities in Several States

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HonorHealth, UHS break ground on new facility

HonorHealth and Universal Health Services (NYSE:UHS) have begun construction on a new 120-bed behavioral health facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.

HonorHealth is a non-profit, community healthcare system serving the greater Phoenix area, while King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based UHS is one of the largest behavioral health providers in the country.

Scheduled to open late next year, Via Linda Behavioral Hospital will encompass more than 73,000 square feet and offer inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to adults and adolescents, including programs for mental health and substance abuse treatment, in addition to specialty offerings.


UHS will be Via Linda’s majority owner and daily manager of operations, according to a press release announcing the groundbreaking. The hospital will be located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, in the southeastern part of Scottsdale.

UHS, HonorHealth Phoenix Hospital Rendering Rendering of Via Linda Behavioral Hospital, Courtesy UHS
Via Linda Behavioral Hospital rendering

California children’s hospital prepares to open new autism center

The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will open a new autism center, called the Thompson Autism Center, this month.

Located just a few blocks from CHOC in Orange, California, the two-story, 20,000-square feet center will provide youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprehensive psychiatric, therapeutic and ASD-related medical services.


CHOC says ASD patients will be eligible to receive services immediately after the soft launch. It plans to start accepting new patients in March, according to Los Angeles TV station KABC. It’s expected to eventually serve up to 2,000 children.

The center was designed by global architectural firm CannonDesign. The firm previously designed the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, a behavioral health facility in Richmond. The project garnered them a nomination for World Changing Company of the Year by FastCompany in 2019.

Trumpet expands footprint in Colorado

Lakewood, Colorado-based Trumpet Behavioral Health, which provides behavioral health services to children with ASD, is adding new offerings and treatment centers throughout the state.

Trumpet, in a press release, has announced that it will begin providing in-home applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy to families in Castle Rock and Fountain. ABA is widely considered by behavioral health care workers to be the gold standard in ASD therapy.

Trumpet is also opening new facilities in Aurora, Lakewood and Loveland, Colorado. Additionally, it has locations in six other states.

School for autistic students nears completion

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Emerge School for Autism will soon have a permanent home, after almost two years without one.

Construction is expected to be completed in May on the $2 million, 7,130 square-foot educational facility, according to The Advocate. The school, which integrates ABA therapy into the educational curriculum, was opened in August 2018.

Emerge, which has 32 students, is currently operating out of a former elementary school that also houses the administrative offices of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

The new school will be located five miles away and serve roughly 48 students from kindergarten to the fifth grade. Currently, Emerge only serves students in kindergarten and first grade.


New free psychiatric clinic in St. Louis

St. Louis-based Salam Clinic has opened its first psychiatric services clinic.

Muslim Community Services of St. Louis started the interfaith clinic initiative back in 2008 as a way to provide free care to area citizens.

The Salam Psychiatric Clinic is housed at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in suburban Ferguson, where Salam has operated a medical clinic since 2013. Salam also operates two other medical clinics in and around St. Louis at places of worship affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Christian Methodist Episcopal church.

The Salam Psychiatric Clinic currently has a nine-person psychiatrist staff and is open for walk-ins and appointments, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

4D Recovery opens second location

Oregon’s 4D Recovery, which provides addiction treatment support services to young adults ages 18 to 35, has opened its second location in the state.

Located west of Portland in Hillsboro, 4D Recovery O’Rourke Center offers programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, as well as recovery activities such as yoga, LGBTQ arts and crafts and gender-specific programs. The center will additionally offer bilingual service to Spanish-speaking participants.

4D Recovery, which also operates a center in Portland, has plans to open another location this year in Clackamas County, according to Portland radio station KXL.

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