Nevada receives new funding for mental health and addiction care

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $15 million in funding for states to develop or support clinics that provide 24/7 crisis services and care mental health and addictions to anyone, regardless of ability to pay.

Nevada was one of 10 states that received a one-year planning grant from HHS. States are required to receive a planning grant before applying to participate in the broader development-focused program Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC).

CCBHCs are relatively new. They were created by the bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Excellence Act in 2014 and the law allowed for full reimbursement of the cost of services through Medicaid.

“These clinics are proven to improve health outcomes while reducing costs, providing 24/7 mental health and addictions care to millions of Americans, no matter who they are. or if they have the ability to pay,” Biden said in a statement.

Nevada currently has eight clinics in the state.

Funding has been authorized October 18. JThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will oversee the program.

The other nine states that received new grants were Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania. There are plans to expand access to these grants to all 50 states.

“Behavioral health is health. Period. There should be no distinction. This investment will bring us closer to that reality,” said Xavier Becerra, US Secretary of HHS.

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