April 27, 2020
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, today commended the Department of Health and Human Services for awarding nearly $14 million to support mental health and addiction services at five certified community behavioral health clinics (CCBHCs) in Missouri.
“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently reported nearly a 900% increase in the number of calls to its crisis hotline over this time last year,” said Blunt. “Isolation, anxiety, economic uncertainty, and limits on in-person counseling have created the perfect storm for an unprecedented -- and potentially deadly -- mental health crisis. As health care providers continue responding to the coronavirus, making sure people have access to mental health and addiction treatment is more important than ever. Behavioral health clinics have been successful in helping people get care faster and closer to home, with many now expanding their telehealth services. It’s important that they have the resources necessary to respond to the immediate public health crisis and address the long-term needs of the one in five Americans who are living with a mental or behavioral health issue.”
The following locations received funding:
· Clinton – Compass Health, Inc., $2,000,000
· Joplin – Ozark Center, $2,000,000
· Kirksville – Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc., $3,850,000
· Springfield – Burrell Behavioral Health, $4,000,000
· St. Louis – Places for People, $2,000,000
CCBHCs were established in Blunt and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s (Mich.) 2014 Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act, the most significant expansion of community mental health and addiction services in decades. These clinics provide a wide range of services, including 24/7/365 crisis services, immediate screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses.
Missouri was one of eight states selected to participate in the Excellence in Mental Health pilot program. The CARES Act expanded the program to two additional states and continued funding for CCBHCs in Missouri.