Local impact of $53 million in state mental health funding

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) “It’s gonna be great for this funding here for this community but then as those funding opportunities become available all over the state
there will be funding opportunities.”

Tennessee will receive more than $53 million in additional funding
from the federal government to address mental health and addiction
treatment needs driven by the pandemic.

The funding comes from the recently passed American Rescue Plan – and
in Bradley County, residents can see that money working in action at
Hiwasse Mental Health.

“This is actually our open house for our new walk in center that we’re
about to start implementation on.”

It represents the latest influx of state and federal dollars to the
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
since the start of the pandemic.

“It’s unprecented. So we’re really grateful for the opportunity to
really be able to serve our opportunites to have these resources,
leverage them with others and with existing things.”

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