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Adams County board fast-tracks funding for mental health agency
from Staff Reports - NEWS
April 2, 2019 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss – Adams County supervisors are fast-tracking money previously budgeted to help support the region’s mental health agency that’s suffering a funding shortage.

The county board also agreed Monday to help maintain three Natchez facilities used by Southwest Mississippi Behavioral Health, a nonprofit, public service agency that provides a variety of services for people with mental illnesses.

Agency representatives met with Adams County’s five supervisors seeking their help for the 45-year-old organization, formerly known as Southwest Mississippi Mental Health Complex. It’s now officially named A Clear Path of Southwest Mississippi Behavioral Health.

A Clear Path is a public-private agency that relies on government grants, Medicaid and private dollars. The Adams County Board of Supervisors does annually give the agency about $77,000 allotted in periodic installments beginning in October.
However, A Clear Path is not getting as much revenues as before from its other funding sources. “The cash-flow problem is kind of rough right now,” said Wallace Pope, among the four agency representatives meeting with the county board Monday.

In addition to advancing to A Clear Path the remaining amount left of the county’s annual appropriation, supervisors agreed to help with basic maintenance needs of the agency’s three Natchez locations on Wall, Feltus and O’Ferrall streets.

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