Ground has been broken for a 50 million-dollar addition to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.
The addition will house the 200-bed Institute for Forensic Psychiatry.
Construction is scheduled to start soon on the high-security unit and should be completed by next winter.
State Senator Abel Tapia was at the groundbreaking ceremony Saturday in Pueblo.
The Democrat says it's been a struggle since 1999 to get the funding for the unit.
Tapia says passage of Referendum C is allowing the state to cover the costs.
Voters approved Referendum C in 2005 to relax state tax and spending limits.