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04/29/2014 12:24 EDT | Updated 06/29/2014 05:59 EDT

New Saskatchewan hospital to combine mental health with corrections

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. - Saskatchewan is building a new hospital in North Battleford that will provide mental health services to the general population as well as to inmates.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the hospital will have 188 beds for mental health patients who require in-patient rehabilitation.

The complex will also include an adjoining 96-room correctional facility for both male and female offenders.

Programming and treatment for the two populations will be separate.

The hospital will replace the existing Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.

Construction on the public-private project is to begin the summer of 2015.