Stepping Up Grant: Initiative Targets Hospital Costs, Recidivism

The News Courier

By Adam Smith

A $50,000 grant recently awarded to an area mental health agency could have an impact on the number of mentally ill persons arrested in Limestone County or who seek help at the Athens-Limestone Hospital emergency room. The Stepping Up Initiative grant, provided by the Alabama Department of Mental Health, will enable the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama to hire a full-time case manager who will work solely on Limestone County cases. The MHCNCA received the grant last year and allowed the agency to work closely with the Morgan County Jail and Decatur-Morgan Health System.

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