State releases funds to help mentally ill

Staff Report

COLUMBUS — State Sen. Bob Peterson, R-Washington Court House, announced the release of state capital funds approved for the purchase and renovation of a new facility for the Athens Photographic Project, which provides therapeutic and expressive opportunities for individuals living with mental illnesses in southeast Ohio.

On Monday, the Ohio Controlling Board released a grant in the amount of $175,000 to the project for the purchase and renovation of their facility which will serve residents from Vinton, Hocking and Athens counties. Funding for the project was included as part of the state’s capital budget, approved by the Ohio General Assembly earlier this year.

“The Athens Photo Project is helping to strengthen the quality of life and providing a source of social inclusion by integrating the arts and mental health recovery services in our community,” said Senator Peterson, who sits on the Controlling Board.

In collaboration with community partners consisting of the arts, mental health, Ohio University and development organizations, the Athens Photographic Project provides courses for those living with mental illnesses to engage in discovery and creative expression through photography.

“This unique partnership with Ohio University also provides students experiential learning opportunities working with individuals struggling with mental illness,” said Peterson.

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