The Bourne Planning Board has issued site plan/special permit approval to Gosnold Inc. for a change of use to its Cataumet location. The residential facility has been given the green light to be converted into a 33-bed hospital.

The board’s decision was made during its meeting on September 9. Approval of the request to make the conversion was unanimous by the board’s members.

Plans to convert the Cataumet facility into an inpatient mental health treatment center were announced in early August. Gosnold president and chief executive officer Richard Curcuru said at the time that the company’s inpatient rehabilitation step-down program at 1140 Route 28A in Cataumet will be moved to Falmouth.

The new service is to be called The Gosnold Behavioral Health Center. Patients would have to be referred to the center by another facility for treatment. Length of stay would be between five and 15 days.

Gosnold has cited a spike in the need for both substance use care and mental health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gosnold at Cataumet currently has 40 beds for substance users and provides detoxification services.

Minor modifications to the building are anticipated, with Med Com Architectural Group of Bourne brought on board as the project architect.

Gosnold accepts patients 17 years of age and older. The new facility will expand that minimum age to 16. Officials are hopeful that the change in operation will be done by early spring 2022.

Gosnold is the Cape’s largest addiction treatment organization. The company operates a detox facility at 200 Ter Heun Drive in Falmouth; the Miller House program for men and Emerson House program for women, also in Falmouth; the inpatient rehabilitation program Gosnold at Cataumet; and outpatient programs on-and off-Cape, including Nantucket.

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