Oregon Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers are setting aside $80 million in bond funding to finish building the state psychiatric hospital in Junction City.

The money got final approval today as part of a roughly $1 billion package that gives new bonding authority to state and local governments.

The 174-bed hospital has been delayed due to lack of funding.

Additionally, some mental health advocates say the state should be focusing on smaller facilities, or on in-home care for mental health patients.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the new hospital is on track to open in April of 2015.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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