Under a program authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $54.6 million in grants on July 31 to expand behavioral health services.
The grants will be distributed to 221 health centers, located in in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The funding will be used for the “hiring new mental health professionals, adding mental health and substance use disorder health services, and employing integrated models of primary care,” according to a HHS news release.
“These awards will further reduce the barriers that too often prevent people from getting the help they need for mental health problems,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell in a news release. “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.”