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Lexington Medical Center at 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia - Cola Daily file photo

The Lexington Medical Center (LMC) Foundation received a grant from The Duke Endowment to increase access to mental health care in Lexington County and establish a comprehensive and coordinated system of care delivery.

“The Lexington Medical Center Foundation works diligently to address critical health care initiatives in our community,” said Amy Lanier, executive director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “This grant will allow us to help meet behavioral health needs through collaboration with partners throughout Lexington County.”

A recent health needs assessment identified mental health care as one of the top three most prevalent health needs within the Midlands community.

The grant will fund a new program called “collaborative effort meeting community mental health needs.” It will provide a framework to assess and expand existing behavioral health resources in the community and deliver mental health care support and training for first responders.

Through this effort, partners will also work together to address barriers to care and underlying issues to improve health equity for patients. Community paramedics will partner with mental health counselors to support participating patients where they reside, helping them create tailored care plans that address their physical and mental health needs. Coaching and guidance in accessing available care, will help patients better manage needs through appropriate paths.

Lexington Medical Center, Lexington County EMS, Lexington County Community Mental Health Center, Serve & Connect and local law enforcement agencies are partners of the program.

The grant totals nearly one million dollars over three years.

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