Institute for Policy and Governance to study behavioral health education and planning in the New River Valley

BLACKSBURG – The Institute for Policy and Governance, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, is one of 10 groups nationwide awarded a grant as part of a new national project to provide behavioral health resources for local decision makers. The Institute for Policy and Governance was selected to participate via a national competition and peer review process.

Suzanne Lo, Mary Beth Dunkenberger, and Scott Tate of the Institute for Policy and Governance have been awarded the Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Education grant, also known as CAPE. The CAPE project is a collaborative effort among the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, and a number of land-grant universities.

Locally, the project team will explore ways in which communities in the New River Valley; including the areas of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and the City of Radford; currently gain information on behavioral health and then work with the communities to enhance access to needed information and provide pivotal information to community decision-makers.

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