Blunt Announces $14 Million in Mental Health Funding for Missouri

Senator Roy Blunt announced Missouri would be receiving $14 million in funding to support mental health and addiction services, with $6 million coming to southwest Missouri.

Springfield’s Burrell Behavioral Health will get $4 million, the highest amount given to an individual organization, while Joplin’s Ozark Center will get $2 million in funding.

“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently reported nearly a 900% increase in the number of calls to its crisis hotline over this time last year,” Blunt said in a statement. “Isolation, anxiety, economic uncertainty, and limits on in-person counseling have created the perfect storm for an unprecedented — and potentially deadly — mental health crisis. As health care providers continue responding to the coronavirus, making sure people have access to mental health and addiction treatment is more important than ever. Behavioral health clinics have been successful in helping people get care faster and closer to home, with many now expanding their telehealth services. It’s important that they have the resources necessary to respond to the immediate public health crisis and address the long-term needs of the one in five Americans who are living with a mental or behavioral health issue.”

The funding will go to Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which Blunt helped established in 2014 under the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act.

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