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$245 million allocated to support mental health of youth, health care workforce

Crystal Graham
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $245 million in Bipartisan Safer Communities Act funding to support youth mental health, help the health care workforce address mental health needs and fund other critical mental health supports.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act funding provided $185.7 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and nearly $60 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration to address the mental health crisis.

The bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden in June provided HHS with vital resources to help children and families across the country.

“Investments from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will support critical programs for youth and their mental health, including school-based programs that meet children and families where they are,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Advancing youth mental health is a top priority for HHS and this Administration, and we’re encouraged by the continued bipartisan support of these critical programs.”

SAMHSA’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act awards include:

  • $73.6 million for Project Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (Project AWARE) to help develop and support school-based mental health programs and services;
  • $57.7 million in mental health awareness training grants to prepare and train school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement and others to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges to enable early intervention;
  • $14.9 million for school based trauma-informed support services and mental health care for children and youth to increase student access to evidence-based and culturally relevant trauma support services and mental health care;
  • $19.5 million for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, to improve treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events; and,
  • $20 million in Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma grants to promote resilience and equity and prevent violence in communities that have recently faced civil unrest, community violence, and/or collective trauma.

HRSA’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act awards include:

  • Nearly $60 million to support the integration of mental health training into the training of primary care clinicians, with a specific focus on preparing primary care providers to treat the mental health needs of children and adolescents.

“We are all concerned about the mental health of children and young people in this country,” said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA. “The additional funding for youth mental health programs provided under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act helps SAMHSA develop and expand programs that help children, youth and their families get the support and care they need.”

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.