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Helen Ross McNabb Foundation launches campaign to increase substance use treatment in Knoxville

(Knoxville, Tenn.) The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation is excited to launch a $2.35 million capital campaign that will bring additional much-needed substance use treatment beds to the Knoxville area. 

“This is an important initiative for our community,” said Ted Flickinger and Richard Maples, campaign co-chairs. “By increasing capacity and providing greater access to affordable care, we can save lives in the community.”

The demand for access to affordable, medically monitored detox and residential substance use treatment continues to grow in Knoxville. In 2020, Knox County saw more than 370 suspected drug overdose deaths, which was a nearly 30 percent increase from the prior year.

The Foundation’s capital campaign will expand and refresh the McNabb Center’s CenterPointe program, which offers residential addiction and detox treatment services. In FY2020, CenterPointe served nearly 1,500 individuals; however, there is a constant waitlist for treatment and the need far surpasses the Center’s current capacity.

The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has raised $2 million toward it’s $2.35 million goal. The project is supported by contributions from The University of Tennessee Medical Center, The Boyd Foundation, Knox County and numerous community donors. 

To contribute to the CenterPointe expansion campaign, visit www.mcnabbfoundation.org/donate and select “CenterPointe Facility Expansion.”

“We are thankful for the McNabb Center and its commitment to serving individuals who suffer from addiction. The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation’s CenterPointe project provides additional access to address this critical challenge in our community. Together, we can provide a path to recovery and a happier and more productive life.” – The Boyd Foundation

“As the numbers continue to rise for those in our community facing substance use disorders, the need is tremendous for additional treatment options and to provide affordable, accessible care,” said Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “At The University of Tennessee Medical Center, we’re proud to join the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation in focusing on the expansion of services for individuals in our community who struggle with addiction.”

About Helen Ross McNabb Foundation

Since its founding in 1972, the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has worked diligently to support the work of the McNabb Center. In addition to providing leadership and direction, the Foundation’s staff and volunteer board actively raises, holds and invests funds on behalf of the Center. Funds raised by the Foundation over the past nearly 50 years have contributed greatly toward the stability and growth of the Center. For more information, visit www.mcnabbfoundation.org or call 865-541-6684.