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Tennessee awards $4 million-plus in juvenile justice grants

Associated Press • Oct 31, 2018 at 4:31 PM

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials have awarded more than $4 million in juvenile justice reform diversion grants to six recipients, including Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia behavioral health services provider Frontier Health and Youth Villages, which provides services to young people across the Eastern Division.

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said Tuesday that the grants were focused on areas with limited in-home, community-based alternative placements.

The recipients are Frontier Health, Helen Ross McNabb Center, Volunteer Behavioral Health, Tennessee Voices for Children, Youth Villages and Carey Counseling.

The goal of the grants is to provide evidence-based treatment options to reduce out-of-home placements for youth.

The recurring money was set aside in the 2018-19 state budget.

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