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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Access and Mobility Partnership Grants program has awarded nearly $195,000 to the Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center. 

The release said funding will support access to mental and behavioral health care, including treatment for addiction, for seniors and the disadvantaged in southern West Virginia through the coordination and improvement of transportation services.

Southern Highlands has locations in Princeton, Mullens and Welch. 

“Modern, dependable health care is essential to the well-being of West Virginians,” said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. “In our rural communities, it can sometimes be difficult to access these services due to few options and long drives to the closest hospital or health center. This funding will help those in southern West Virginia dealing with addiction or mental health issues more easily receive the care they need.”

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., added, "West Virginia is known as the Mountain State and although our mountains are beautiful, the terrain can prove to be difficult for some to access the health care and mental health services they need. That is why it is critical that we invest in medical transportation services." 

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