WATCH: Groundbreaking on New Mental Health Facility in Huntingburg

HUNTINGBURG -- It’s been years in the making, but with a flick of the dirt Wednesday afternoon, ground was broken on the soon-to-be Crossroads Behavioral Health Center.

"What's really exciting is, not only are we going to have the facility under use, but it's going to be a use that is significant for Huntingburg, Dubois County and Southwest Indiana," says Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner.  He continued, "[Providing] behavioral health in a location in rural Indiana is a goal  I know it's a struggle across the state."

In addition to giving residents access to mental healthcare, the mayor says the facility will meet a great economic development need in Huntingburg, including good paying, skilled jobs.

Crossroads Behavior health will primarily focus on geriatric behavioral health, such as dementia, depression and other mental health issues.

The new facility could begin seeing patients before the end of the year.