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HHS Announces $50 Million in New Mental Health Services Funding

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HHS Announces $50 Million in New Mental Health Services Funding

December 11, 2013

On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will issue a $50 million funding opportunity to help approximately 200 Community Health Centers nationwide 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 these new funds, made available through the Affordable Care Act, for efforts such as hiring new mental health and substance use disorder professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder services, and employing team-based models of care.

The announcement comes after the recent finalization of rules under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act, which requires most insurance plans to include coverage for mental health and substance use conditions that is comparable to coverage for medical and surgical services. The administration also recently launched www.mentalhealth.gov to provide people with resources and information relating to mental health.