Tennessee awarded 4-year, $4M grant to help families

Tennessee awarded 4-year, $4M grant to help families

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NASHVILLE – The federal government has awarded the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Office of Children and Youth a four-year, $4 million grant.

The funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is effective Monday, October 1.

It will be used for a comprehensive plan for a statewide system of care for children and families.

According to the grant proposal written by OCY Director Susan "Sukey" Steckel, the system will be "family-driven, youth-guided, community-based, and culturally and linguistically competent."

This statewide system of care expansion will build on existing infrastructure and state - local partnerships. It will also increase family access to mental health services and supports.

One of the key areas where the OCY plans to use this funding is to help provide statewide technical assistance and training for state and local child-serving agencies, youth and families.

"Tennessee has been on the forefront in developing systems of care around the state, and this grant will allow us to continue to provide those services for children and families in the future," said TDMHSAS Commissioner E. Douglas Varney.

Tennessee was one of just 15 states to receive the award in what was described as a very competitive process.

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