Sheriff asks County to apply for mental health services grant

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is asking the County Commission to apply for a federal grant for mental health services.

Hammond told commissioners he believes the grant could lower that portion of his costs over the coming years.

He added, that with this grant, the county doesn’t have to match it.

Grant writer Janna Jahn said “This grant will allow us to get this project off the ground in a very robust way, uh, to give us five years to work out all the kinks, and then we should be good to go, from there.

(JOE GRAHAM): Good to go means . . . that (JAHN) . . . TNCARE picks up the cost. GRAHAM: Awesome! Isn’t it? That is awesome!”

Commissioner Tim Boyd wondered if the sheriff might actually cut his budget because of this reduction.

But the Sheriff said he needs additional deputies and equipment, and can’t make any cuts.

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