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New program for senior mental health at St. Mary's

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Happening today, a new mental health care program for senior is opening at St. Mary's Hospital. 

The new program can start taking in patients today.  Tucson News Now recently got a look inside the renovated space; private rooms located on the second floor of St. Mary's.  Health officials say the idea for the program stemmed from the need of mental health care for seniors.

Nationally 20 percent of the population 55 years and older experience mental disorders later in life; this equals to 30,000 seniors in Tucson that have a mental illness.

The Bridges Geropsychiatric Program is a new inpatient program that will assess, diagnose and treat major mental health problems in people 55 and older.

Health officials at St. Mary's say this program is unique.  Staff can take care of both physical and mental health needs. 

The program is targeted towards specialty cases in which the person is considered a danger to themselves or others.

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