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New grant helps improve mental health services in Tallahassee

Posted at 2:45 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 07:17:45-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - One health care center in Tallahassee recently received new funding to be used to improve their disaster response and mental health services.

Bond Community Health Center was granted just over $600,000 for winning the Human Resources and Services Administration Compliance Award.

This allows Bond to add psychiatric practitioners and substance abuse counselors to their staff, further strengthening the services they offer to the community.

"There are a lot of people who don't have what I'm calling a personal mental health strategy. We can often think of a diet plan or an exercise plan, but we don't have a mental health plan if you will," said Dr. Damon McMillan. "Ways of developing coping skills that help us deal with the various stressors that we see on a daily basis."

Dr. McMillan said they're also getting a generator, allowing them to start all their services immediately after a natural disaster.

Bond is celebrating their 25th year in Tallahassee in the summer of 2019.