NASHVILLE, (June 22, 2017) – Additional funds in Tennessee’s 2017-2018 state budget will aid local facilities that treat Tennesseans with mental health or substance abuse issues says Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman), who represents Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett and Scott Counties in Senate District 12 in the Tennessee General Assembly. Yager said the budget, which will become effective July 1, allocates an additional $2 million “to better meet the needs of Tennesseans and restore those vital mental health services that have been reduced over the years.”
The $2 million is part of $11.5 million for substance abuse and crisis services provided in next year’s appropriations. It is to be used for prevention, education, treatment and recovery.
“During our legislative session, before the budget passed, I met with the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse to support an increase in funding for local facilities treating mental health and substance abuse issues,” said Yager. “I am very pleased that new funds are available in the new budget.”
The three primary providers that will receive additional dollars, and who serve counties within District 12, will be Volunteer Behavioral Health in Rhea County, Helen Ross McNabb in Campbell County, and Ridgeview which serves Campbell, Morgan, Roane and Scott Counties. There are also other statewide agencies that will receive additional dollars that may in fact support communities in District 12.
“Although we will continue to focus on legislation to crack down on abuse, a critical element to addressing the problem is treatment. Our drug courts have been very successful in this effort and these funds also help provide treatment options for those who suffer from addiction,” Yager concluded.