Guest column

Would-be mental health provider SBH has disturbing 13-year history

Ken Croken
Posted 8/21/19

Last month the state of Iowa issued yet another extension to Strategic Behavioral Health for its proposed 72-bed psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf. Readers may remember that SBH is a for-profit company based in Memphis.  Founded in 2006, the company operates 10 psychiatric hospitals in six states with plans to open facilities in Bettendorf and Middleton, Wis., an affluent community northwest of Madison. Despite delays and the 20 percent projected cost overrun of the Bettendorf project, the vote by the Iowa State Health Facilities Council was unanimous and without question or comment.

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