SAMSHA awards $450M in community-based behavioral health grants

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On April 24, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) awarded some $450 million in grants to expand Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) as a way to increase access to and improve the quality of mental health treatment and the treatment of substance use disorder services during the COVID pandemic.

The grants will include $200 million in funding for CCBHC Expansion grants and an additional $250 million in emergency COVID-19 funding.

“New funding secured from Congress by President Trump will help certified community behavioral health clinics continue to treat Americans with substance use disorders and mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The community clinics supported by SAMHSA have an established track record of connecting Americans with serious mental illness to the treatment they need.”

CCBHCs expansion grant is required to provide communities with better access to services, like 24/7 crisis intervention services for those with serious mental illness, or those with substance use disorder, or for children and adolescents with emotional disturbances, or with people who have mental illness combined with substance use disorder.

Grants included a nearly $2 million grant to Cascade Community Healthcare in Centralia, WA to become a CCBHC and provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment to Lewis, Thurston, and Pacific county residents; and a $4 million grant for Centerstone of Indiana, in Columbus, Indiana that would expand treatment to provide services to an additional 2,000 adults with mental illness or substance use disorder in Bartholomew, Brown, Greene Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen counties in Indiana.

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