Tenn. mental health agency receiving nearly $500k for survivors of recent tornadoes, official says

Tenn. mental health agency receiving nearly $500k for survivors of recent tornadoes, official says
The funding will provide outreach and support services to storm survivors in Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson Counties. STAFF FILE PHOTO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is receiving almost $500,000 from the federal government to support the mental health needs of survivors of recent Middle Tennessee tornados.

Tornadoes and severe storms on March 3 caused 25 weather-related deaths, damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 structures, left more than 100,000 residents without power and closed state government offices, according to a TDMHSAS press release.

The grant for $476,061 is through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Crisis Counseling & Training Program.

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The funding will provide outreach and support services to storm survivors in Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson Counties.

TDMHSAS staff will be working with community behavioral health agencies Centerstone, Mental Health Cooperative, and Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System.