U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced 18 Michigan community mental health organizations would receive more than $54 million in new funding as part of the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act, introduced by Stabenow and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).
The law established new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics which are required to provide a comprehensive set of services, including 24/7/365 crisis services, outpatient mental health, and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessment and diagnoses; and care coordination with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veterans groups.
The funding is part of more than $450 million in funding Stabenow secured from the FY202 appropriations bill and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants program. Administered by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the program announced earlier this year it would be accepting applications for nearly $200 million in grants to an anticipated 98 different organizations.
“The COVID-19 crisis has shown a spotlight on the urgent need to fund community mental health and addiction services. Now, more Michigan families who are struggling during this pandemic will get critical behavioral health services they need close to home,” Stabenow said. “This funding provides a major boost in services to individuals in our state during this difficult time and provides momentum to fully fund certified behavioral health services in our country.”
Grants of up to $2 million were awarded to eight clinics across the state, while grants between $2 and $4 million were awarded to 10 community clinics across the state.