CHA News Article

HHS Awards $54 Million in Mental Health Services Funding
32 California providers receive funding for behavioral health services

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will award $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services nationwide. Health centers will use the funds for initiatives such as hiring new mental health professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder health services, and employing integrated models of primary care. In California, 32 health centers received a total of $7,990,619 of the funding to increase their behavioral health services.

“These awards will further reduce the barriers that too often prevent people from getting the help they need for mental health problems,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “Health centers with these awards are on the front lines of better integrating mental health into primary care and improving access to care through the Affordable Care Act.”

For more information about the funding, see the complete list of awards and the HHS press release.