U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, is set to hold two press conferences today to announce federal funding 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 in underserved communities in Alabama.
The second conference will take place 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’s Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS) Program for Crime Prevention Initiatives (CPI). The funding will be used by the Bessemer Police Department in collaboration with mental health professionals to implement co-response teams (CRT), which have been shown to help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis access proper services and avoid negative interactions with law enforcement officers.
Representative Sewell has worked tirelessly to secure these funds, recognizing their potential impact on improving healthcare outcomes and public safety in her community.
“I am thrilled that we are able to provide this funding that will help improve access to healthcare services in underserved areas,” said Rep. Sewell.
“The creation of co-response teams through this initiative is an important step towards ensuring that individuals experiencing mental health crises receive appropriate care rather than facing harsh punishments from law enforcement.”