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Grant awarded to fund mental health needs in Louisa

Region TEN RECEIVES Grant to Help Meet Increased Mental Health Needs In Louisa County

Over $100,000 in federal funds will help respond to mental health needs following August 23, 2011 earthquake centered in Louisa, VA.

 

Charlottesville– Region Ten Community Services Board announced the receipt of a $100,000 grant to bolster community mental health services in Louisa County following the August 23, 2011 earthquake centered in Louisa, Virginia.  The earthquake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale.  The epicenter was within 10 miles of the North Anna nuclear power plant.

 

Officials at Region Ten acknowledge that natural disasters like the earthquake of August 23, 2011 can  have a significant emotional impact on individuals and communities and can create a post-traumatic stress response.

 

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the grant will help meet the increased demand for counseling and emergency mental health services in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Services made available by grant funds will help provide for outreach, information and crisis counseling. Community outreach will be conducted through theVirginia Support Team, a newly organized program by Region Ten Community Services Board, Louisa Counseling Services.

 

In the days and weeks following the earthquake, Region Ten staff worked continually to meet the mental health needs of the community.   Region Ten acknowledges that there are still community members who have not reached out for assistance.  Region Ten hopes to reach out to any who continue to experience anxiety as a result of the earthquake.  During the next forty-five days, The Virginia Support Team members will be contacting many of those persons who were most affected by the earthquake by going door to door to homes in Louisa County.

 

Through the duration of the grant, these funds will help increase the ability of Region Ten Community Services Board to provide needed emergency and crisis interventions; risk assessments and short-term crisis counseling to adults and students in local schools.  Individuals needing services or more information are encouraged to call theLouisa County Counseling Center at (540) 967-2880.

 

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