Chairwoman Edmonson to break ground on new Miami Center for Mental Health and Recovery
MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, joined by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez, Judge Steven Leifman and local elected officials, will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Miami Center for Mental Health and Recovery on Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. The groundbreaking will take place at the site of the future facility at 2200 NW 7th Ave. in Miami.
The 181,000-square-foot building, which will be completed in approximately 20 months, will have a capacity for 208 beds and offer a comprehensive array of mental health, substance abuse, and primary healthcare services, as well as employment and vocational training services and re-entry assistance upon discharge.
The facility is designed to address critical unmet treatment needs and reduce the likelihood of homelessness and recidivism for people with mental illness, who often end up in jail. On any given day, the County jail houses approximately 2,400 individuals who require psychiatric treatment, with an estimated county taxpayer cost of $500,000 per day, or $180 million annually – with little impact on reducing recidivism and virtually no return on investment.
“As someone who’s been supporting this project for years now, I’m very excited about seeing it break ground as we begin seriously and comprehensively addressing the mental health crisis in Miami-Dade County,” Chairwoman Edmonson said.
The new center also will include space for the courts and social service agencies, such as housing providers and legal and immigration services.
Funding for construction of the center will come from the County’s general obligation bond program, with additional support from the Jackson Health System – Public Health Trust.