Mental health center: Tough times ahead – McDowell News

County officials heard an update last week about how cuts in state funding could impact Smoky Mountain Center, the mental health program that serves McDowell and 14 other western North Carolina counties.

Smoky Mountain Center treats people with mental health and substance abuse problems. It also serves those with developmental disabilities. The program provides these services to folks in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, McDowell, Swain, Watauga and Wilkes counties.

Representatives of Smoky Mountain Center appeared before the McDowell County Commissioners at the Monday meeting to give an update on recent cuts in state funding and how this could impact what they do for those who need their services.

“I wish I could find some good news,” said Brian Ingraham, area director and CEO of Smoky Mountain Center. “It’s a little tough these days.” Story continues here ➤