The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has selected a total of ten programs across the state to receive $ 6.5 million in new funding to expand mental health services to children and youth.
Among the most recent is Frontier Heat which serves northeastern Tennessee, including Hawkins County.
Frontier Health received $ 424,000 to expand school-based services through the School Behavioral Health Linkage Program and the BASIC Project, enhancing crisis care with additional master’s level therapist
The new state funding was budgeted by Governor Bill Lee and allocated by the Tennessee General Assembly in the TDMHSAS budget for the state fiscal year 2022.
Beneficiaries were urged to collaborate with community stakeholders, including local education authorities and other partners, to design proposals that would have the greatest impact and address outstanding needs. The selected proposals increase services in schools and respond to the growing need for emergency psychiatric services for children and adolescents.
The beneficiaries also designed proposals focused on early intervention services for children from birth to 8 years old. Infant and early childhood is a critical time in determining a person’s lifelong mental health, and funding will expand early childhood mental health training, coaching and counseling, as well as development. capacity and awareness.
“Tennessee is a state with a wide variety of children’s mental health resources and challenges. That’s why we’ve taken a bottom-up approach to this funding opportunity to empower the amazing mental health providers we work with to design approaches to meet the greater needs they see in the communities we see. they serve, ”said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams, LCSW. “We are very grateful to Governor Bill Lee for his vision in budgeting this funding and to the members of the General Assembly for their investment in the mental health of our state’s most precious resource.”
Other grant recipients include:
Region 2 East Tennessee: McNabb Center, $ 1.1M – Established three Crisis Response Teams that will partner with schools, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and detention centers to improve outcomes of a child’s mental health crisis
Southeastern Tennessee and Cumberland Plateau Region 3: Volunteer Behavioral Health, $ 900,000 – Expand school-based services through the School Behavioral Health Liaison Program and the BASIC project.
Region 4 Davidson County: TN Voices, $ 623,000 – Childcare consultation expanded with two new early childhood specialists and two family support specialists
Region 5 Middle Tennessee: Volunteer Behavioral Health, $ 594,000 – Expand school-based services through the School Behavioral Health Liaison Program and the BASIC project.
Prevention Coalition for Success, $ 200,000 – Integration of a Family Support Specialist into the Family Preservation Initiative to work with youth and families in the juvenile justice system
Youth villages, $ 426,000 – Creation of an enhanced crisis coordination team with five liaison officers to assist with child and adolescent mental health crisis
TN voice, $ 609,000 – Expand the childcare consultation with five new early childhood specialists and five family support specialists and add a new school behavioral health liaison
Region 6 West Tennessee: Pathways, $ 500,000 – Expand the observation and consultation services currently offered in 20 Head Start centers, seven emergency departments and other locations in the region, adding a new school-based behavioral health liaison and four project links to work with community organizations to provide initial assessment, case management, and counseling services
Region 7 Shelby County: TN Voices, $ 1 million – Expand child care consultation with three early years specialist positions and three family support specialists