Today, U.S. Rep. Terry Sewell, AL-07, will host two press conferences to announce a total of $9.2 million in federal funding that helped provide the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and the Bessemer Police Department.
The first conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. ET, where Representative Sewell will join the dean of the UAB School of Nursing and the director of the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) of Central Alabama to present a check for $8.8 million for a five-year period from the Integrated Health Services Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With this funding, the UAB School of Nursing will partner with NFP of Central Alabama to increase access to maternity care.
The second conference will be held at 13:45 CET, where Rep. Sewell was joined by the City of Bessemer and the Bessemer Police Department to present a $406,200 check from the Department of Justice. The funds will be used by the Bessemer Police Department in collaboration with mental health professionals to implement Collaborative Response Teams (CRTs) to help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis access appropriate services and avoid negative interactions with the police.