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HHS Announces Nearly $35 M in Funding Opportunities to Strengthen Youth Mental Health Supports


March 10, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH), has announced nearly $35 million in funding opportunities to strengthen and expand community mental health services and suicide prevention programs aimed at American youth.

The funds are to be allocated to seven different grant programs, six of which are run by SAMHSA, and one of which is run by OMH.

The six SAMHSA run grant programs are:

Education)

Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED)

Psychosis (CHR-P)

The one OMH grant program is:

Dr. Miriam Delpin-Rittmon, HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and leader of SAMHSA, was quoted in a SAMHSA press announcement saying, "These grant programs will expand access to proven treatments, interventions, and other recovery supports, while developing new and innovative solutions to strengthen mental health services for America's children and young adults . . . As we travel to communities across the country, I look forward to engaging with local leaders on how the Department and SAMHSA can ensure that our mental health and crisis care systems don't leave our young people behind."

As quoted in the SAMHSA press announcement, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said, "Mental health is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of our country's children and young adults . . . The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to providing young people with the resources they need to thrive-during this pandemic and in the years to come. As part of our National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health, I'll be traveling across the country with members of my leadership team to listen and learn about new and innovative ways HHS can support local communities in addressing youth mental health and other aspects of our country's mental health crisis."

Click here to access the full SAMHSA press announcement and for more information.

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