Tennessee to put $6.5 million into children, youth mental health

Nashville, Tennessee – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is allocating $6.5 million in expanding mental health services.

A press release says the money is being split among multiple programs aimed at increasing early intervention services for children from birth to age 8.

“Tennessee is a state blessed with a variety of resources and challenges when it comes to children’s mental health. That is why we took a bottom-up approach to this funding opportunity to empower the amazing mental health providers we work with to design approaches to address the larger needs they see in the communities they serve,” said Mary Williams, Delegated TDMHSAS, LCSW. “We are very grateful to Governor Bill Lee for his vision in budgeting this funding and for members of the General Assembly for their investment in the mental health of our state’s most precious resource.”

Programs that receive a portion of the funds include:

  • $500,000 for Pathways in West Tennessee
  • 424,000 USD for Frontier Health
  • $1.1 million for the McNabb Center
  • $900,000 for a Behavioral Health Volunteer in Southeast Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau
  • $623,000 for TN Voices in Davidson County
  • $594,000 for a Behavioral Health Volunteer in Middle Tennessee
  • $200,000 to the Prevention for Success Alliance
  • $426,000 for Youth Villages
  • $609,000 for TN Voices in Central Tennessee
  • $1 million for TN Voices in Shelby County

Pathways is using its stake to expand monitoring and advisory services, adding a new school behavioral health liaison and four project liaisons.

You can find the full news release at tn.gov.

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