(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services expanded the state’s Behavioral Health Safety Net program to include uninsured children, and the McNabb Center is proud to partner with the state on this initiative. 

“The Behavioral Health Safety Net is a foundational program to meet the mental health needs of uninsured Tennesseans, and we are so grateful to Governor Lee and the General Assembly for investing and expanding this program to our children,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams, LCSW. “Uninsured children in any county will have the ability to get services through our community mental health providers, and that is amazing.” 

The McNabb Center will provide outpatient mental health care to uninsured children through the Behavioral Health Safety Net program in eight East Tennessee counties and surrounding areas: Anderson, Blount, Cocke, Hamblen, Hamilton, Knox, McMinn and Sevier. Children and their families will have access to services including, assessment and evaluation, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, case management, transportation, family support services, medication management and pharmacy assistance and coordination. 

“It is essential to provide behavioral health care to uninsured children and we know this expansion will make a tremendous difference in the lives of kids and families,” said Jerry Vagnier, McNabb Center president and CEO. “We are proud to be a community mental health center and provide care through this program.”

The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 30,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.

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