Funding Made Possible by Stabenow’s Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act and the American Rescue Plan
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Wednesday announced that five Michigan community behavioral health organizations in West Michigan have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. These clinics will receive a total of $14,890,664 in new funding to meet the growing need for mental health and addiction services. These clinics join 24 other certified clinics already providing critical behavioral health services across Michigan.
To date, Senator Stabenow has secured $135 million in funding for Michigan community behavioral health centers. Last year, Senator Stabenow also secured Michigan’s selection for a nationwide demonstration project to ensure community behavioral health clinics receive full funding similar to community health clinics.
These new clinics are a result of the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act authored by Senator Stabenow and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). This law established new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which are transforming the way behavioral health and addiction treatment services are delivered in Michigan and across the country. These clinics are required to provide a comprehensive set of behavioral health services including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses; and care coordination with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veteran groups.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stabenow has secured a total of $1.52 billion in the American Rescue Plan, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the national Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants program. This program is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“The COVID-19 crisis has shown a spotlight on the urgent and continuing need to fund comprehensive community mental health and addiction services. One out of five Americans has a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. And now, even more, Michigan families are struggling as we recover from the pandemic,” said Senator Stabenow. “This historic funding increase will allow more Michiganders to get the help they need in their community. It also provides major momentum to fully fund certified behavioral health services across our country.”
The following clinics are receiving funding:
OTTAWA COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH
ALLEGAN COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
BARRY COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY
BERRIEN MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY
Benton Harbor, Michigan
BRANCH COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY