Rahall Announces $110K for Mental Health Services

HNN Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today announced a $110,438 grant to expand access to health care services in southern West Virginia.

“These funds will help to provide access to mental health and substance abuse services for residents in rural communities,” said Rahall. “For families who must confront mental health and addiction issues, this funding can help to ensure early intervention and that professional care will be available to promote a stable family environment."

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, to Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, headquartered in Huntington.  Prestera Center provides general outpatient services to both children and adults, as well as specialized services for more intensive care.  The Center will use the funds to install a video teleconferencing and behavioral health management system to provide behavioral health and substance abuse services in Boone, Lincoln, and Wayne Counties.  This project will allow patients to receive medical care from doctors within their own homes, as opposed to driving long distances, and will allow health professionals to better manage their cases, and to reach more patients in rural and mountainous communities.

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