On February 19, 2021, Mayor Lester Miller will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. in Commission Chambers in Government Center (700 Poplar Street) to announce a potential partnership that would increase access to mental health support services.

“We can all agree people should have convenient and free access to the mental health services they need. Where they live and how much money they have should not be barriers to their needs,” says Mayor Lester Miller. “We know mental health access can improve so much of our community, from people’s and families’ lives to education to career success to public safety. We have to take steps now in order to move our entire community forward.”

The new partnership would provide a variety of services directly to people in neighborhoods, and services will be selected after the needs of those communities are identified. The goal of the program will be to provide services to up to 500 families in the first year.

“This will not be a one size fits all program,” adds Mayor Miller. “We want to make sure people get the assistance they need in a setting in which they are comfortable.”

Due to guidance on slowing the spread of COVID-19, the news conference is only open to media and inited guests. It will be broadcast to the public live at www.facebook.com/maconbibbcounty.