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UA receives grant to help with mental health in Walker County

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The University of Alabama received a training grant to improve mental and physical health for people living in a more rural area.

This one-million-dollar grant will provide behavioral mental health services to the Capstone Rural Health Center in Walker County.

The project director for this grant Dr. Monika Wedgeworth Assistant UA Professor said they will train nursing students, a mental health counselor, a care coordinator and more.

The idea is to treat patients for their mind and body all in one primary care visit, catching not only a medical issue like say diabetes but also potentially depression or another mental condition.

A lot of rural areas like Walker County Wedgeworth said don’t offer a one stop health shop like this.

“I believe there is probably a lot more existing mental health illness and untreated mental illness in these under-served areas then we think. So just to provide the service to these people that have absolutely a lack of mental health services is critical,” said Wedgeworth.

The project director said they hope to have all new staff trained and ready to go by the beginning of next year.

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