A new health care facility could soon offer mental health services for children from ages 3 to 17.

The Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission recently approved a special use permit and site plan for Carrus Behavioral Hospital, which would provide inpatient and outpatient care for children as young as 3 and adolescents up to 17 years in age. The facility is to be located on the second flood of the medical office building at 1724 West U.S. Highway 82, which is just east of Carrus Hospital’s current campus and between Post Oak Crossing and Rex Cruse Drive.

“Mental health care needs a lot of help in the state of Texas,” Carras Health Holdings LLC President Jon Michael Rains said. “There are over 2,000 inpatient beds needed across the state. We are proposing moving forward with 28 inpatient beds, as well as full service outpatient services.”

Rains told the commission plans changed from when the medical office building was first approved due to the nature of the health care industry.

“I am aware there is another behavioral hospital in Sherman which is at capacity,” Rains said. “Due to the radius of patients we pull from, our goal is actually to make this facility a pediatric and adolescent facility. It will definitely be a niche and once we get approval, we’re ready to move forward and finish out construction on that project.”

Sherman initially approved plans for the 31,000 square foot medial office building in late 2016. The new specific use permit is required to allow inpatient and outpatient care in a retail business district. Rains said roughly 17,000 square feet of the building will be dedicated to patient care, while approximately 11,000 square feet will be leased to a dialysis center. He also noted there will be separate entrances for the behavioral patients and the dialysis patients.

Commission member Leigh Ann Sims expressed concern with a mental health facility being close to a residential area and asked whether any adults would be treated there. Rains said his intent was to focus on children and leave the adult patient needs to other facilities. Rains said he also planned to bring in a child psychiatrist.

“When you put it into practical stances, nobody wants to see a 3- or 4-year-old be in abusive situations,” Rains said. “It is going to be more of a transformational child and adolescent facility. I am going to let someone else take care of adults as there are plenty of other facilities of that type.”

Rains said the mental health facility’s staff is going to focus on catching issues early in order to improve the life of its patients.

“We have already gotten a lot of input from the community as far as the type of facility we are building,” Rains said.

The specific use permit will next have to be approved by the Sherman City Council before construction can begin.