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10-26-01

Contacts:
JaneAnn Stout, Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-0863
Sue Ellen Tuttle, Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-8799
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


ISU EXTENSION RECEIVES $850,000 GRANT FOR RURAL HEALTH PROJECT

AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University program to help rural Iowans has received an $850,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Iowa Rural Mental Health Project, run by Iowa State University Extension, will use the one-year grant to raise community awareness about stress factors impacting rural families. The project builds on the research and expertise of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Agriculture, 4-H and Youth and Iowa State Extension. Extension staff will work with rural mental health providers to provide information, education and counseling services to stressed rural families.

"Iowa communities are facing tension because of a variety of issues, including changing demographics and the economy," said JaneAnn Stout, associate dean in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and director of Families Extension.

The project is expected to help thousands of rural Iowans, said Stout.

Sen. Tom Harkin helped secure the grant, said Stout. More information on the program is available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/mentalhealth/.

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