U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, will host two press conferences today to announce $9.2 million in federal funding she secured for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and the Bessemer Police Department.
The first conference will take place at 10 a.m. CST, where Rep. 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 over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Integrated Maternal Health Services Program. With this funding, the UAB School of Nursing will partner with the NFP of Central Alabama to increase access to maternity care and improve health outcomes for women and their families in the region.
The second conference will be at 1:45 p.m. CST, where Rep. Sewell will be joined by the City of Bessemer and the Bessemer Police Department to present a check for $406,200 from the Department of Justice. The funding will be used by the Bessemer Police Department in collaboration with mental health professionals to implement co-response teams (CRT), which aim to help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis access proper services and avoid negative interactions with law enforcement officers. This initiative is expected to improve public safety and reduce calls to emergency services related to mental health crises in Bessemer area residents