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Nevada receives new funding for mental health, substance use care

By: - October 19, 2022 12:50 pm

Nevada was one of a handful of states to receives new federal funds for 24/7 mental health care clinics.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $15 million in funding for states to develop or support clinics that provide crisis services 24/7 and offer mental health and substance use care to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. 

Nevada was one of 10 states that received a one-year planning grant from the HHS. States are required to receive a planning grant before applying to be in the larger program which is focused on developing Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC).

CCBHCs are relatively new. They were created through the bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act in 2014 and the law allowed the full cost of services to be reimbursed through Medicaid.

“These clinics are proven to improve health outcomes while lowering costs, by delivering 24/7 mental health and substance use care to millions of Americans, no matter who they are or whether they have the ability to pay,” Biden said in a statement.

Nevada currently has eight clinics in the state.

The funding was authorized on Oct. 18. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will oversees the program.

The other nine states that received new grants were Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania. There are plans to expand access to these grants to all 50 states.

“Behavioral health is health. Period. There should be no distinction. This investment will bring us closer to that reality,” said Xavier Becerra, the U.S. Secretary of HHS.

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Camalot Todd
Camalot Todd

An award-winning, investigative and enterprise reporter, Camalot Todd has over seven years experience in print, digital, radio and TV journalism. She covered mental and behavioral health in New York for Spectrum News 1 Buffalo through the national service program, Report For America, where she won the Mental Health Advocates of WNY Advocacy Award in 2020 for her coverage on mental health stigma. She also served as an inaugural member of the Report For America Corps Advisory Board Member, 2021-2022. Previously, she reported on community issues in Las Vegas, including a long-term project on underage sex trafficking, for the Las Vegas Sun and its sister publication, Las Vegas Weekly. For the Sun, she wrote a pathbreaking investigative piece called, “Children on the Cusp: The transition from foster care to adulthood is leaving some behind.” The piece won the Nevada Press Association best investigative story of the year and named Camalot the Best Community Reporter of 2017. She also worked as a reporter for KUNV radio and is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Camalot was selected for National Press Foundation Opioid and Addiction Fellow 2021 and led the Syracuse Press Club's Journalism Lab as an educator from 2021-2022.

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