BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland officials have taken a step toward building a new mental illness and addiction treatment center for non-violent offenders in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland Department of General Services has issued a request for proposal for a design and build consultant. The consultant would oversee various aspects of the Baltimore treatment and therapy center project.
Officials say it is expected to take around 10 years and cost more than $ 450 million.
Plans call for the development of the treatment center on the grounds of the former Baltimore City Detention Center, which closed in 2015.
The old building was almost demolished to make way for the new facility. Gov. Larry Hogan has said he plans to become a place where some defendants charged with non-violent crimes can seek treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.
According to a request for proposals released earlier this month, the site is expected to have 504 detention beds, split between men and women.
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