Tennessee awards $ 6.5 million to 10 youth mental health programs

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Tennessee officials have selected 10 youth mental health programs statewide to receive a total of $ 6.5 million to expand their offerings.

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the programs in Middle Tennessee that receive funding are Volunteer Behavioral Health, Prevention Coalition for Success, Youth Villages, and TN Voices, which also receives funding specifically for Nashville and for Shelby County.

The other winners are Frontier Health in northeast Tennessee, McNabb Center in eastern Tennessee, Volunteer Behavioral Health again for southeast Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau, and Pathways in western Tennessee.

Governor Bill Lee and lawmakers included the money in the 2022 budget.

Officials say the selected programs aim to increase school-based services and emergency psychiatric services for children and youth. The initiatives also focus on early intervention for children from birth to 8 years old.

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