Kennedy announces $35 million for mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment

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“The coronavirus pandemic has closed schools, shuttered businesses and given many Louisianians a hard road to walk. As we help our neighbors struggling with depression and other mental health or substance abuse challenges, it’s good to see this $35 million invested in making communities healthier. No one in Louisiana should feel they have to face their trials alone.”

 

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $35,432,883 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the form of a Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG).

 

“The coronavirus pandemic has closed schools, shuttered businesses and given many Louisianians a hard road to walk. As we help our neighbors struggling with depression and other mental health or substance abuse challenges, it’s good to see this $35 million invested in making communities healthier. No one in Louisiana should feel they have to face their trials alone,” said Kennedy.

 

The MHBG grant totals $11,975,406. These funds will help offer community-based mental health services to individuals struggling with mental illness.

 

Another $23,457,477 has been allocated through the SABG. This grant will aid communities in enacting substance abuse prevention and treatment activities.