State Hospital

By: AP
By: AP

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.

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