The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $32.4 million in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion grants to organizations across Ohio. An additional $2.9 million was awarded to the Ohio State Department of Mental Health and Addiction services.
The department will use the funding to provide mental and substance use disorder treatment, crisis intervention services, and related recovery support services for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grants are part of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant program that aims to expand the number of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.
These clinics provide nine types of mental health and substance use disorder services, emphasizing the utilization of evidence-based practices, care coordination and integration with physical health care, and 24-hour crisis care.
Congress provided additional funding to the program in December.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder than ever for Ohioans with mental health and substance use disorders to get the care that they need,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. “This much-needed investment will expand access to outpatient mental health services, crisis intervention services, and substance use disorder treatment services that so many Ohioans rely on, alleviating the pressure faced by our health care system, which has been overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.”