FULTON, MO.--- State officials are still looking for the best way to pay to replace Missouri's aging facility at the Fulton State Mental Hospital. Governor Jay Nixon wants state lawmakers to add $14 million to the current budget as the first payment on the project. Some legislators say they don't see the need to amend the budget, when work wouldn't begin for many months. The Fulton Hospital houses maximum and intermediate security mental patients and was first built in 1851.
"It services the entire state. It's where the most difficult and challenging cases go, some of which have done unspeakable things to themselves or others and are at great risk," said Jay Nixon, Missouri Governor.
Preliminary plans for the project estimate the total cost at $211 million.