NASHVILLE – Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has canceled his Campbell County Listening Meeting.

The meeting had previously been scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. EST at the Campbell County Courthouse at 570 Main Street in Jacksboro.

Yager announced he would reschedule the meeting at a later date.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) announced today that the Tennessee Building Commission has approved the Morgan County Pre-Arrest Diversion Infrastructure Grant project.  The action taken by the commission on Thursday allows Morgan County Government to proceed with the acquisition of property located at 203 North Maiden Lane in Wartburg for use in pre-arrest diversion programs.

The total project budget is $500,000.  Morgan County received the funds as part of grants awarded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (TDMHSAS) at the urging of Yager and Windle.   These funds will go towards creating a behavioral health jail diversion program for those struggling with behavioral health needs.

“This proactive approach to help Tennesseans struggling with mental illness or substance abuse disorders will ensure better access to proper treatment and care, and in turn, will help alleviate overcrowding in jails,” said Senator Yager. “It was great to witness our state and local governments coming together to tackle such a complex issue.”

TMDHSAS will be partnering with the Morgan County Government in the development of the Pre-Arrest Diversion Infrastructure Project to achieve its primary goals to reduce or eliminate the amount of time individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder spend incarcerated by redirection them from the criminal justice system to community-based treatment and supports.

“I look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have on our community,” added Rep. Windle.  “I am proud of the efforts our state and local government are making towards creating a safer, healthier, and more prosperous community.”

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Follow the link below for more information on a grant opportunity for nonprofits in Tennessee. This two week grant application period opened yesterday and is directed toward nonprofits working to address the State’s top health challenges. 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amerigroup-foundation-opens-special-request-210500342.html

NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has scheduled a Campbell County Listening Meeting in order to meet with local citizens and discuss legislation being considered by the General Assembly during the 2020 legislative session.  Yager said he will also be available to offer assistance to individuals who need help with state services.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 5:00 p.m. EST at the Campbell County Courthouse at 570 Main Street in Jacksboro.

“The General Assembly is considering a wide variety of matters of importance to the people of Campbell County such as our state budget, criminal justice reform, vocational education, job growth, rural economic development, tax relief, and extending broadband services, to name a few,” said Senator Yager.  “I want to hear from local citizens about these issues and other matters of importance to them.  I also want to remain open and available to offer assistance to constituents who need help with state government agencies.”

“I look forward to this event and hope to meet with our many friends here, both old and new, as we discuss how to make Tennessee a better place to work, live, and raise a family.”

We are pleased to announce the release of the FY 2020 Creating Affordable Housing Announcement of Funding. The Announcement of Funding document is posted on our website at https://www.tn.gov/behavioral-health/department-funding-opportunities.html.  

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is seeking proposals from organizations throughout the State of Tennessee to develop new safe, quality, and affordable permanent housing options for people experiencing mental illness or co-occurring disorders. An additional focus of this funding announcement is for individuals ready for discharge from Regional Mental Health Institutes (RMHIs), including those who are uninsured. 

Completed proposals are due by Friday, March 20th, 2020.