WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement applauding news of a grant totaling $28,866,961 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to Nevada as part of the American Rescue Plan to help communities grappling with increased mental health needs and substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Long before COVID-19, Nevadans have faced limited access to mental health care resources, an issue that the pandemic has only exacerbated,” said Senator Rosen. “We have made progress in addressing the health needs of our communities, but we can, and we must do more. Access to mental health resources, treatment, and support during this critical time is necessary to address the public health crisis we’re battling. This funding, made possible by the American Rescue Plan, which I voted for, will help Nevada families receive the comprehensive community mental health and treatment services they deserve.”
BACKGROUND: This American Rescue Plan funding, totaling $3 billion, is part of the largest aggregate amount of funding to date through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mental health and substance use block grant programs.
People searching for treatment for mental or substance use disorders can find it by visiting https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov or by calling SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357).