The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Dec. 10 that $50 million in funding will be available to help community health centers establish or expand behavioral health services for people living with mental illness, drug problems, and alcohol problems. HHS estimates that these funds, appropriated previously through the Affordable Care Act, will support about 200 health centers across the country. Health centers will be able to use these funds to hire new mental health and substance use disorder professionals, add mental health and substance use disorder services, and implement team-based models of care.
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