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Austin State Hospital was the first state facility of its kind built west of the Mississippi. In 1856, the governor of Texas signed a bill providing for the establishment of the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. Construction started in 1857, and the first patients were admitted in 1861. The facility was renamed the Austin State Hospital (ASH) in 1925.
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Monday - Friday: 3 PM - 5 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 9 AM - 11 AM and 3 PM - 8 PM
Today, this original building serves as the administration building for a modern, innovative facility providing psychiatric care to a 38-county region in Central Texas. ASH admits over 4000 patients in a fiscal year, with about the same number of discharges, and has an average daily patient census of 292. The focus of recovery is stabilization for people with acute psychiatric illness and support of their return to the community.
ASH provides care through three large services - Adult Psychiatric Services, Specialty Adult Services, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services. The general adult services program consists of eight acute adult admission units and one forensic unit. Specialty adult programs include the older adult unit, longer-term cognitive behavioral and multiple disabilities unit, and the deaf services and longer-term behaviorally stabilized unit. Child and adolescent programs offer services to children to the age of 12, an adolescent girls unit, and an adolescent boys unit.
Clinical specialties provide assessment, evaluation, and treatment, including psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology, education/rehabilitation services, nutrition, and spiritual care. Additional clinical support is provided through the medical and dental clinics, x-ray and laboratory services, and other consultative services. The average length of stay at the hospital is about 18 days. Services are paid for through general revenue funds from the State of Texas, private payment, private third party insurance, as well as through Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The facility is Medicare-certified, Medicaid-approved, and has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 1957. Most recently, the hospital was awarded the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM by JCAHO in July of 2006.