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Pennington County to pursue grant for mental health study

RAPID CITY (AP) — A western South Dakota county will pursue a grant aimed at improving the region's mental health services.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the Pennington County Commission voted Tuesday to reverse a previous decision and allow the county's Health and Human Services Department to submit a proposal to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The grant would fund a study of the region's mental health services, including an assessment of strengths, needs and accessibility. The study is expected to cost about $118,000 and take between nine and 12 months.

Commissioners George Ferebee and Mark DiSanto voted against the move, citing concerns that the county would be burdened with providing mental health services when it should be the state's responsibility.

The grant proposal deadline is Sept. 4.

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