Maryland behavioral health clinics receive $4M grant

Maryland behavioral health clinics receive $4M grant

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded Maryland’s Mosaic Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) a $4 million grant. The funding is for Mosaic’s facilities in Baltimore City and Timonium.

Mosaic Community Services is the largest nonprofit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services in Central Maryland, employing 1,000 people and serving nearly 30,000 residents across the region.

Funding will be used to expand access to life-saving mental health services and substance abuse treatment at Sheppard Pratt-operated clinics.

“Far too many Americans are experiencing mental health and substance abuse challenges, especially amid the COVID-19 crisis,” Baltimore’s Congressional delegation said in a statement. “Many who seek treatment face delays or get incomplete, uncoordinated care without the full range of support they need. This new, federal funding will help ensure that more Marylanders receive the timely and comprehensive care they need.”

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 created a grant program for CCBHCs. Funding is awarded to organizations that provide 24-7 crisis intervention services for people who suffer from substance abuse disorders, serious mental illness, or serious emotional disturbance.

Annual funding for the program is $200 million. Congress approved an additional $250 million in emergency COVID-19 funding in April to increase access to CCBHCs during the COVID-19 funding pandemic.