More mental health funding coming to area

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The First Lady of Florida visited Bay County Thursday to make an announcement impacting our area.

Florida's First Lady announced $690,000 will go toward mental health care. (WJHG/WECP)

Casey DeSantis spoke at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center, where she announced more money to help with mental health services after Hurricane Michael.

She said $690,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is going to Project H.O.P.E. The group is a nationwide disaster recovery group that is partnering with Life Management Center. It brings in health care workers to address mental health concerns. Counselors are here to work with anyone who needs help, including children.

This money will help the group in Bay, Calhoun, Jackson, Franklin, Gulf and Washington Counties.

If you would like to speak with someone with H.O.P.E., you can call 850-522-4485 ext. 1840 or visit its website.

For more information on Compass 82, which is running the Disaster Case Management program at the Community Recovery Center on 11th Street in Panama City, you can visit its website.

For more information on Big Bend Community Based Care, which is partnering with Life Management to bring H.O.P.E. to our community, you can visit its website.

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