Salem site 2009
Salem site 2011
The Oregon State Hospital replacement project is an effort to revitalize and modernize Oregon's mental health system of care with "front-end" services that prevent the need for hospitalization and "back-end" or community services that will ensure a patient's successful recovery after hospitalization.
In 2007, the Oregon Legislature authorized funding estimated at $458.1 million to replace the existing state hospital with two new ones: a 620-bed facility in Salem and a smaller facility in Junction City. Both sites will be modern psychiatric treatment and recovery facilities designed for up-to-date psychiatric practices.
Salem construction began in July 2008 when workers began remodeling some of the existing OSH cottages so that they could be used for transitional patient housing. The first two cottages, which could each house up to eight patients, opened in February 2009. The first residential area of the new hospital opened in January 2011, followed by the second in August. Patients and staff are scheduled to move into the remaining parts of the hospital in March 2012.