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Grant to fund mental health efforts in Lexington County

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The Lexington Medical Center Foundation will use a grant from The Duke Endowment to increase access to mental health care in Lexington County.

The grant, which totals almost $1 million over three years, will fund a new program and help establish a comprehensive, coordinator system of care delivery, according to a news release from Lexington Medical Center.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation works diligently to address critical health care initiatives in our community,” Amy Lanier, executive director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, said in the release. “This grant will allow us to help meet behavioral health needs through collaboration with partners throughout Lexington County.”

A recent health needs assessment identified mental health care as one of the top three most pressing concerns in the community, according to the release.

The grant will fund a collaborative effort to assess and expand existing behavioral health and to deliver mental health care support and training for first responders. Community partners will also work to address barriers to care and underlying health equity issues.

Program partners are Lexington Medical Center, Lexington County EMS, Lexington County Community Mental Health Center, Serve & Connect, and local law enforcement agencies.

Since 1924, The Duke Endowment has worked to strengthen communities in North and South Carolina by promoting health and educational endeavors. To date, the endowment has awarded more than four billion dollars in grants. 

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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