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Watson to talk state hospital on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Fans of state hospital redevelopment projects should clear their calendars on Wednesday evening. At 7 p.m., state Sen. Kirk Watson will hold forth at the annual Austin meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Health, a gathering whose theme this year is “A New Vision for Austin State Hospital: The M.D. Anderson of the Brain.” In September, the Texas Health and Humans Services Commission published a report that proposed six possible relocation options for the aging Austin State Hospital on Guadalupe Street north of the University of Texas campus. The ideas ranged from rebuilding the hospital where it stands to completely selling the land off to private interests.

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