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Head Of McLean County Board Makes Valuable Contacts In DC

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:14:25 CST
By: Hanna Guttman

A delegation of 37 McLean County business, government, and educational leaders have spent two days in Washington talking to administration officials and members of Congress and their staffs on how to improve mental health amenities in the County. WGLT Washington correspondent Hanna Gutmann reports:


Mental health is one of the fusses of this year's "One Voice," Wahington fly-in, since comprehensive medical services are necessary to secure businesses, and recruit new ones. The Delegation includes a variety of community leaders. McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen says they were surprised to learn there is federal help available:
"There will be grant applications, many grant applications that we will go back to McLean County and start working on."

Sorensen says the meetings with Health and Human Services, and federal housing officials were valuable:
"We now have built a relationship with some people in the staffs of the various agencies, so that when we have technical questions regarding the grant application and that we kinda have a direct line in to people we can talk to about what we're working on."

Sorensen says local funding will also be necessary, but he believes that will be the easy part.

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