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Chuck Ingoglia

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Obama Administration Announces $100 Million in Mental Health Funding

December 11, 2013 | Federal Budget | Comments
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This week, the Obama Administration announced the imminent availability of $100 million in mental health funding to be used to expand service delivery in community health settings and rural areas.

$50 million of the funding will support nearly 200 community health centers in expanding the availability of services to individuals living with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. This funding had been authorized under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will support the hiring of new mental health and substance use disorder professionals; adding mental health and substance use disorder services; and employing team-based models of care, among other things. No details were immediately available about the funding opportunity announcement, but it will likely soon be available via grants.gov or on the HRSA website.

Many National Council members have established partnerships with community health centers to provide mental health and substance use services at their locations, and this new funding can be used to expand those opportunities.

The announcement yesterday also included $50 million in federal funding to expand access to mental health services in rural areas under the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Community Facilities direct loan program. The funds may be used to “improve or construct mental health service facilities or put in place innovative tools such as telemedicine to expand access to mental health services at rural schools, community centers, hospitals, and other community-based settings.” The National Council has long supported increasing access to mental health and substance use treatment services in rural areas.