Kentucky will receive $3.4 million for behavioral health services for victims of the December tornadoes. Governor Andy Beshear announced the funding during his Thursday news conference. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Case Management Program funds will boost existing disaster assistance in areas impacted by the deadly storms.
“It’s going to provide money to do direct individual case management with individuals and families who were impacted by the tornadoes,” Beshear explained. He said Kentucky had absorbed much of the disaster recovery costs, and the new FEMA funds would provide more structure to connect with families.
“In our work to restore and renew storm-stricken parts of our state, we have an obligation to prioritize behavioral needs and mental wellness,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander. “We are pleased to be a part of this collaborative approach that will assist people who have suffered greatly.”
Beshear said that Community Action Kentucky would manage and coordinate the program and community action agencies would deliver services.