RG State Center to undergo renovation

HARLINGEN — State lawmakers have earmarked around $2 million for renovation and overhaul of facilities at the Rio Grande State Center.

The center, at 1401 S. Rangerville Road, is an important component of the city’s health-care industry and provides psychiatric and mental health services in a region where available treatment options can be scarce.

“We serve thousands of Texans who need our help through state care,” John Reynolds, assistant press officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said via email. “We want our residents and patients to be comfortable, and we’re always looking for ways to make improvements, large and small, that make them feel more at home.”

The maintenance and repairs will include replacing piping, fixtures and washroom accessories in all restrooms in Building 515, also known as the Wayne Potter Memorial Building. In addition, existing tiling and flooring will be replaced throughout the facility.

Work is expected to begin around Dec. 1 and continue for a year.

The Rio Grande State Center offers out-patient and in-patient medical health care and mental health services.

Among in-patient services are adult psychiatric treatment. Out-patient services, including primary care, include women’s health, diagnostic services, psychiatric consultations and a prescription assistance program.

Funding for the renovation project was provided via $160 million appropriated by the 85th Legislature for repair and renovation at state hospitals and state-supported living centers, Reynolds said.

CLK Architects and Associates Inc. of Corpus Christi is providing design work for the renovation project.