State awards $43 million for behavioral health programs

State awards $43 million for behavioral health programs
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CARSON CITY — Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services this week awarded more than $43 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars to behavioral health programs throughout the state. The funds will support work through 2025.

DHHS officials said the funding will support programs at more than 40 private, public, non-profit and community organizations ranging from suicide prevention and treatment services to crisis stabilization and criminal justice. Organizations receiving grants are each working to help Nevadans recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nevadans of all ages cannot be overstated and these funds will go a long way to support programs serving our residents,” said Dr. Stephanie Woodard, DHHS Senior Advisor on Behavioral Health. “We have looked at the needs of Nevada communities and know the organizations funded are committed to investing in the behavioral health of those they serve.”

The categories and funding amounts include:

  • Criminal Justice and Diversion – $7,557,618
  • Crisis Services and Stabilization- $14,896,203
  • Early Serious Mental Illness – $2,200,000
  • Forensic Assertive Community Treatment – $2,200,000
  • Suicide Prevention Media/Messaging – $24,000
  • Peer Services/Workforce/Education/Treatment – $4,290,671
  • Prevention, including School Based – $3,130,668
  • Direct Services and Treatment – $4,891,646
  • Pregnant Women and Women with Children Services – $3,120,155
  • Behavioral Health Care Workforce Development – $1,558,903

Source: DHHS