MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — Community leaders are coming together to help those suffering with mental illness and substance abuse issues.

Eight locations across the country have been chosen to participate in a unique collaboration effort.

“Better meet the needs of people with serious mental illnesses, and co-occurring substance abuse disorders,” clinical social worker Michele Saunders said.

Jackson-Madison County received the grant from the SAMHSA Gains Center.

Wednesday was day two of the meeting.

“They’re helping us pool and get our focus that can better serve us as a collaborative, but also serve the people,” Madison County Sheriff John Mehr said.

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