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Congressman Roe presents grant for runaway, homeless youth program

Clinch Valley Times of St. Paul, Virginia

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Congressman Roe U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D., (TN-01), presented a $200,000 grant to Frontier Health from the Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau. The 36-month grant will help Link House continue providing runaway, homeless, and throwaway youth with emergency shelter and services.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to provide these services," said Frontier Health President and CEO Dr. Teresa Kidd. "This Administration for

Children & Families grant makes a huge difference in the lives of runaway and vulnerable youth."

Frontier Health Senior Vice President of Tennessee Children's Services Kathy Benedetto agreed, "This grant gives us the opportunity to provide a safe atmosphere at a time when an adolescent is making critical decisions that may affect the rest of his or her life. We provide shelter and hope to steer them toward reconciliation with their family whenever possible, and most of the time it is."

Since 2003, Frontier

Health has provided emergency shelter, food, clothing and counseling to 661 youth. Link House offers outreach, provides food, shelter, clothing, crisis intervention, assessment, individual, group and family counseling to adolescents. For younger more vulnerable or male youth, Frontier Health serves runaway or homeless youth in area approved host homes through the TRACES Program.

After youth are discharged, Link House staff provides aftercare to ensure successful long-term reunification with family, or another supportive adult. Link House has served runaway youth for 29 years.

Link House is for youth who leave home to escape abuse or neglect, drug or alcohol problems of family members, family members who make them leave, or maybe because they feel they just don't belong. Leaving home is not always something a youth would choose to do, yet nationwide more than 1 million run away from home each year. If you're a youth in crisis, call toll free at 877-288-1828.

Frontier Health is a leading provider of community behavioral health, mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring, developmental disabilities, recovery and vocational rehabilitation services in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Call 423-467-3600 in Tennessee and 276-523-8300 in Virginia, or visit

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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