MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – A new tool is now available for those who may struggle with substance abuse and mental health. Connect Alabama is a new app that was created through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
“No matter where you live, no matter where you are,” said Kathy House with ADMH.
Alabamians can now access resources related to mental health, substance use and prevention in the palm of their hand.
“This app can help you find the resources, support and resources you need,” House said.
Connect Alabama provides resources on a variety of topics that people can call about or get items such as Narcan to prevent overdoses
“We built this app for someone seeking treatment for a loved one, trying to find treatment for their family member, or for that first responder who is out there in the field face to face with someone every day,” said House.
The app is part of ADMH’s five-year project, but lawmakers have been focusing on mental health since the 2008 recession hit state budgets and their mental health components.
“I think if you go back 12 years, a lot of people didn’t really understand mental health,” said Senator Garlan Gudger.
Gudger says he first noticed an increase in mental health legislation in 2018.
“It came to the Senate and the House of Representatives for the first time that we are really focused on mental health,” he said.
In addition to the legislation, the legislators also increased the amount of money allocated for mental health in the state budget.
“It hits every legislator’s home and it hits every legislator’s district more than it’s ever hit their district before,” Gudger said.
You can find the new state application on any mobile device.
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