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Missouri Community Mental Health Clinics Receive $8.7 Million from Blunt-Backed COVID Relief Legislation

February 05, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), the Republican leader of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today announced that three Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in Missouri received a total of $8.7 million in funding from COVID-19 emergency relief legislation that was signed into law last year.

“Our nation is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis,” said Blunt. “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.”

CCBHCs provide a wide range of services, including 24/7/365 crisis services, screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses. They provide outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services, as well as coordination of care and partnerships with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veterans groups.

In total, CCBHCs received $850 million through COVID-19 relief legislation Congress passed last year.

This funding is in addition to the federal support Missouri CCBHCs receive through Blunt’s Excellence in Mental Health Act.

The funding awards announced today are:

  • Bootheel Counseling Services (Sikeston) - $1,218,247
  • Mark Twain Behavioral Health (Hannibal, Kirksville, Macon) - $3,482,072
  • Hi-Tech Charities (St. Louis) - $4,000,000

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