Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07 is set to hold two press conferences on Tuesday to announce $9.2 million in federal funding she helped secure for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and the Bessemer Police Department.
The first conference will take place at 10 a.m. CST where Rep. Sewell will be joined by the Dean of UAB School of Nursing and the Director of Central Alabama’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) to present a check for $8.8 million over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Integrated Maternal Health Services Program. With this funding, the UAB School of Nursing will collaborate with the NFP to increase access to maternity care in the region.
In the afternoon, at 1:45 p.m., Rep Sewell will be joined by representatives from the City of Bessemer and Bessemer Police Department to present a check for $406,200 from the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The funding will be used by Bessemer Police Department in collaboration with mental health professionals to implement co-response teams (CRT), aimed at helping individuals experiencing a mental health crisis access proper services and avoid negative interactions with law enforcement officers.