Garner Lands $12 Million Behavioral Health Center

GARNER, N.C. (March 28, 2011) - Strategic Behavioral Health, LLC of Memphis, Tenn., announced today that it will build a new residential behavioral center in Garner, representing an investment of over $12 million and more than 250 new jobs. Strategic President Jim Shaheen said in making the announcement that the recent removal of the Red Route option for I-540 through Garner lifted the final impediment blocking the investment in the Garner community.

"The Town of Garner has done a tremendous job in working with us to get our project to this point," Shaheen said. "As the Red Route issue surfaced in the middle of our land search and due diligence, it was the unified effort of the community and its leaders that convinced us to stay and hope that the route would be removed so that we could move forward with this project. We are pleased to be able to build and operate this facility in Garner, as the community leaders have made us feel very welcomed and supported."

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams praised Strategic Behavioral Health as the type of high-end business that will be a community and state asset. The jobs being created - which will have an average annual compensation package of approximately $50,000 - will range from doctors and nurses to support and administrative positions.

While Shaheen said the decision to locate its second North Carolina facility in Garner is final, the company is still evaluating two separate sites, both in the Greenfield Business Park. A final site decision is expected to be made within the next 45 days, with construction initiating soon thereafter. The building phase is expected to take 10 to 12 months.

Strategic Behavioral Health provides high-quality care to clients through a patient-centered team approach. The self-contained campus provides residential care to adolescents ages 12 to 17 with emotional and behavioral disorders. In addition to its other North Carolina location near Wilmington, SBH also operates a facility in Colorado.

For more information, visit Strategic Behavioral Health and the Town of Garner.