HHS awards hundreds of millions to expand mental health care services
November 15, 2022
Over the past few months, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to support and expand mental health services across the country to help deal with the country’s mental health crisis.
“The California Medical Association (CMA) is grateful for the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing our chronically underfunded mental health care system,” said CMA President Donaldo Hernandez MD “J ‘applaud the tireless efforts of mental health professionals, including our psychiatrists who have worked hard to fill the gaps created by chronic underfunding, but it is time to finally give our mental health care system the attention it deserves for the sake of the millions of Americans who suffer from mental illness.
New funding for mental health includes:
- $27 million to expand support for pediatric mental health care: HHS announced nearly $27 million in grants to expand support for children’s mental health care nationwide. This includes a $300,000 grant to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Portal at UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospitals. The funding will be used to provide timely mental health support to children and adolescents by training pediatricians to treat mental health issues. Additionally, it will allow providers to implement telehealth options to expand access to mental health care.
- $315 million for certified community behavioral health clinics: HHS provided $315 million in bipartisan Safer Communities Act funding for new and existing certified community behavioral health clinics across the country.
- $100 million for mental health emergency preparedness: HHS also announced that it will provide more than $100 million of bipartisan Safer Communities Act funding to states and territories for mental health emergency preparedness. mental health, crisis response and expanding 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline services. .
Over the past five years, California has also committed to investing billions of new dollars to improve mental health services across all delivery systems.
Mental health is one of the CMA’s top priorities and was declared one of the top issues being discussed at the association’s 2022 House of Delegates. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shed light on our country’s mental health crisis, the CMA has long advocated for additional funding and support for behavioral health services, including screening, prevention and treatment.
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