February 05, 2021
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the Republican leader of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, issued a release Friday that three Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in Missouri were awarded a total of $8.7 million from COVID-19 emergency relief funding that was passed last year.
Mark Twain Behavioral Health, which has locations in Kirksville, Macon and Hannibal, was awarded $3.4 million. Hi-Tech Charities in St. Louis received $4 million and Bootheel Counseling Services in Sikeston got $1.2 million.
“Our nation is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis,” said Blunt in the release. “More than half of Americans say the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on their mental health. There has been a double-digit increase in the number of people reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression. Drug overdoses are surging. Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) are a critical part of the mental health response to the pandemic. Since Senator Stabenow and I worked together to establish CCBHCs through the Excellence in Mental Health Act, these clinics have proven successful in getting people comprehensive mental health and addiction services sooner and closer to home. The funding announced today will expand access to care and provide additional support to centers in Missouri and states across the nation. I’ll keep working with my colleagues to ensure CCBHCs have the funding they need through the pandemic and beyond.”
Mark Twain Behavioral Health is a not-for-profit CCBHC that has served northeast Missouri since 1975. It has a 24-hour crisis service, community psychiatric rehab programs, educational services for schools and the community, support groups, therapy options and many other services.
In total, CCBHC’s received $850 million through COVID relief in Congress last year.