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Mental health center gets a boost from Madison

Published 4:13pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

MADISON — The Madison City Council approved an annual resolution that will help out Madison County residents who are seeking mental health help.

At the Feb. 25 meeting at the Madison Municipal Complex,  Madison City Council members along with Mayor Troy Trulock approved Resolution 2013-22-R. The resolution is an annual appropriation agreement between the City of Madison and the Mental Health Center of Madison County.

The amount appropriated was approximately $20,000.

Though the resolution is an annual routine, it may have much more of a significant meaning this year than in years past. With the recent string of nationwide mass shootings, mental health became a topic of discussion, controversy and a battle cry.

But Madison Mayor Troy Trulock said that mental healthcare is important no matter the circumstance and that it is critical Madison is always there to help.

“It’s critical to stay connected to our local partners,” he said. “The Mental Health Center provides a great service and great support to our City of Madison.”

The Mental Health Center of Madison County’s executive director spoke on how the money from Madison was crucial during the presentation portion of the meeting. He also laid out the demographics of those seeking Mental Health in Madison and Limestone counties.

“We’re proud to be a supporter of not just of Madison city residents but also those in the entire Tennessee Valley as well,” Trulock said. “For those who need assistance, the Mental Health Center is always there.”

The meeting also featured presentations by the Planing Department and Parks and Recreation along with updates on projects going on in and around the City of Madison. Property improvements was also a major issue discussed and saved for future meetings.

The last item on the bi-weekly agenda ended with the retirement of Madison Police K-9 Gunny who will now be owned by Madison Police Officer Jason Bolden.

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