White House Pledges Millions For Mental Health
The Obama administration is committing $100 million to boost access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities.
The funding announced Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden is intended to help bridge gaps in the nation’s mental health system.
“The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable,” Biden said.
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As part of the effort, $50 million made available through the Affordable Care Act will go to community health centers to create or expand behavioral health services, the administration said. The money is expected to reach approximately 200 centers across the country.
Meanwhile, another $50 million will be used to construct, expand or improve mental health facilities in rural areas where it can be particularly tough to access services, officials said.