CHA News Article

HHS Announces Affordable Care Act Mental Health Services Funding

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that it plans to issue a $50 million funding opportunity to help community health centers establish or expand behavioral health services for people living with mental illness, and drug and alcohol problems. Community health centers will be able to use the new funds, made available through the Affordable Care Act, to hire new mental health and substance use disorder professionals, add mental health and substance use disorder services and initiate team-based models of care, among other efforts.

The ACA expands mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections. HHS estimates the grant awards will support behavioral health expansion in approximately 200 existing health centers nationwide. More information is available in the complete HHS announcement.