The Foundation was formed as a separate nonprofit by the board of Smoky Mountain Mental Health. Its purpose was to provide a place to hold funds that could later provide financial support of their mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services. The Foundation continues to provide this same support to the private service providers now responsible for all of the behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disability, and substance abuse services in the seven western counties of North Carolina. Applicants must be a nonprofit agency serving communities within the seven western counties. Supported activities include infrastructure to support the service network; start-up and service provision grants; scholarships to enhance the quality of the provider network; public awareness/education; fund-raising to support the Foundation activities; and advocacy on behalf of consumers and the provider community. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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