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A 94-bed psychiatric hospital under management by Strategic Behavioral Health LLC has begun construction in Harlingen, city officials announced this past summer. Mayor Chris Boswell told a news conference at City Hall that capital expenditures for addition of the new hospital are estimated at more than $10 million. Strategic Behavioral Health LLC will strengthen Harlingen’s prominent position in the health-care industry which includes a cluster of nationally recognized facilities and specialists. The new psychiatric hospital planned near the intersection of Hale Avenue and Victoria Lane will make mental health-care more easily accessible to residents in Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo counties. “Our health industry cluster in Harlingen will be a valuable resource for the medical school that will open with the new University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley,” Boswell said. “High paying jobs for professionals is one aspect of the new hospital that makes this a great project to advance our community’s economic base.” “Strategic Behavioral Health will expand the employment base and private investment in Harlingen”, said Raudel Garza, Chief Executive Officer of the Harlingen Economic Development. Projected employment within three years for Strategic Behavioral Health in Harlingen is 225 employees with salaries ranging from $10 per hour for basic jobs to more than $60,000 annually for registered nurses, managers and directors.