New York receives nearly $30M for mental health, addiction

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded eight mental health and addiction treatment centers throughout New York with $29.9 million under the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) expansion grant program.

The recipients are Skills Unlimited in Oakdale, $2.8 million; Mid-Erie Mental Health Services in Cheektowaga, $3.5 million; the University of Rochester in Rochester, $3.8 million; the Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse of Livingston in Geneseo, $3.8 million; Westchester Jewish Community Services in White Plains, $3.98 million; Access: Supports for Living in Middletown, $3.99 million; Citizen Advocates in Malone, $4 million; and Wayne County, $4 million.

“Access is grateful to receive this federal funding so we can continue our critically important mental health and substance use services for Hudson Valley residents,” Ron Colavito, Access: Supports for Living president and CEO, said. “It’s no surprise that demand for mental health and substance use services has drastically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this award allows us to continue providing critical support the moment it’s needed, eliminating gaps our community has faced fighting addiction and mental health issues.”

Funding is to be used to increase addiction treatment participation, provide 24/7 crisis response, reduce hospital and emergency department visits, and increase the quality of care.

Melina Druga

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