Jackie Withrow is operated by the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities with the Department of Health and Human Resources.
The bureau is aware of the needs at the facility, and staff have complained about problems with the infrastructure, the report states.
A complete renovation is an option, but the auditors believe it would be cheaper to build a new facility. The report states it would cost almost $27 million to perform the necessary upgrades to plumbing, electrical and other similar systems. That's $7 million more than it would cost to build a new facility on the current site, according to ZDS Design/Consulting Services, a consultant hired by the auditors.
The auditors examined other options, including moving patients to other facilities or privatizing the hospital. In the end it concluded building anew at the site is in the best interest of the state and Jackie Withrow patients.
"The cost of building a new, smaller facility would be offset in the long run by the cost-savings brought by the decrease in operational and maintenance costs," the report states.
The bureau agrees with the assessment, the report states. It is currently working on a plan for a new building.
The Jackie Withrow recommendations come as part of an overall performance review for the bureau. Auditors also recommended more preventative measures to cut maintenance cost, clearly defined goals and objectives and an updated website.Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or david.bouc...@dailymail.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/Dave_Boucher1.