Saturday, February 19, 2011

In Kentucky, federal grant to build center to provide mental, physical health care for poor, homeless people at risk

From The Herald-Leader in Ky.:

An $11.7 million federal grant for a 60,000-square-foot center to provide mental and physical health care for Lexington's poor and homeless is in jeopardy.

"I am still holding out hope, but I am discouraged," said Shannon Ware, president of the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board.

The board was going to partner with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Lexington Primary Care Center.

The health department is an independent agency that receives local, state and federal money for community health. The primary care center, which comes under the umbrella of the health department but has its own governing board, provides medical and dental clinic services for poor children and adults and is the recipient of the grant.

Each group would play to their strengths, Ware said. The board would provide mental health care. The primary care center would provide for physical care.