Norman Beatty Mental Hospital

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Norman Beatty Mental Hospital
Established 1945
Construction Began 1946
Opened 1951
Current Status Active
Building Style Cottage Plan
Location Westville, IN
Alternate Names
  • Northern Indiana Hospital
  • Westville Correctional Facility (current)


Dedicated in 1949 at Westville, LaPorte County, the hospital’s civil division began admitting patients from 17 counties in northern Indiana in 1951. The maximum security division opened in 1954, replacing the old Hospital for Insane Criminals at the Indiana State Prison. This division served the criminally insane from the entire state. Beatty Hospital was converted in 1979 into the Westville Correctional Center. Patients from the civil division were transferred to other mental health hospitals. A total of 18,799 patients were admitted between 1951 and 1979. It is in the process of conversion to high security facilities for prisoners needing psychiatric help.