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Prestera Center to receive funding for BRIGHT Program

Oct. 27, 2010 @ 03:30 PM

HUNTINGTON — Prestera Center for Mental Health Services will receive more than $438,000 for its BRIGHT program, which helps people suffering from mental illnesses.

The Prestera Center’s BRIGHT—Behavioral Health Resources Integrated with Good Health care Techniques—Program, which is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, aims to improve the overall wellness and physical health status of people with serious mental illnesses by making available coordinated primary care services in the community mental health care setting. Prestera is joining forces with Valley Health Systems, a private non-profit West Virginia primary care corporation, to form the BRIGHT program. The program involves a strong evaluation component to be executed by the WVU Department of Behavioral Medicine.

“It’s an honor to work on such an important issue such as mental health integration, and to work with valley health projects to make this project a tremendous success,” said Bob Hansen, executive director of Prestera Center. “This four-year grant addresses coordination of health care services at the community level. We truly appreciate Congressman Rahall’s support.”

“These funds will drive better mental health through stronger physical health,” added West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall. “I commend the Prestera Center and their efforts to help people in southern West Virginia become economically independent and lead more productive lives."