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HHS awards $56 million for mental health expansion

August 1, 2014
by Julie Miller
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Health and Human Services awarded $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico, allowing them to expand behavioral health services for more than 450,000 people nationwide. Funds will be allocated to hiring mental health and substance use disorder clinicians and to integrated models of primary care.

“These Affordable Care Act funds will enable community health centers to better meet the needs of people with mental health conditions in communities nationwide,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

Awards were given to specific centers, generally totally $250,000 apiece. Not surprisingly, California, New York and Texas walked away with the most awards.

For a list of awardees, please see: http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2014tables/behavioralhealth.

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