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University Of Arizona's College Of Nursing Awarded $1.7 Million Grant For Mental Health Support

The University of Arizona was recently awarded a $1.7 million grant to increase the amount of mental health nurse practitioners in rural Arizona.

Rene Love, with the University of Arizona College for Nursing, said that in 2014 Arizona was ranked last in the nation for the inability to receive mental health services and the mental health workforce availability.

“So we have just such a huge need in rural and medically underserved communities here in Arizona that it is important for us to be able to really help support the communities so that people can get access to care,” Love said.

Students in the program will be placed at sites under the supervision of a physician or psychiatric nurse practitioner to assess, diagnosis and treat patients with mental illnesses. Love said the ultimate goal is to increase services in medically underserved areas of Arizona.

Adin Tarr joined KJZZ as an intern in May 2018. She is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in broadcast reporting as well as a member of Barrett, The Honors College. Tarr previously interned for the Arizona State Senate working on the education and natural resources committees. She has also been involved in various ASU broadcast organizations.Tarr is a native of Las Vegas and enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family and shopping in her free time.