Friday, August 27, 2021

SAMHSA Awards $74.2M in Grants to Strengthen Youth Mental Health August 27, 2021

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SAMHSA  Awards $74.2M in Grants to Strengthen Youth Mental Health


As students head back to school, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding grants that will strengthen the structures that serve the mental health needs of our nation’s youth. The first raises awareness of mental health issues for youths and trains school personnel. The second coordinates treatment for young people who have emotional disorders.  The first-year awards for the two programs total $74.2 million. 
“As the Biden-Harris Administration continues to provide a comprehensive approach to combating the COVID-19 pandemic, these programs demonstrate the critical priority of behavioral health for our young people,” said U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Schools represent resources for our children on so many fronts. We’re making sure they’re equipped to better address those needs.”
“It is crucial for America’s young people to receive evidence-based treatments that support their mental health needs and promote resilience,” said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph. D., the HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA. “These grants aim to build and improve the structures and systems in place to address those needs comprehensively and consistently.” 


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