Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $96.7 Million for Ohio Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Services
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) is today announcing the State of Ohio will receive over $96.7 million as part of a national distribution of the largest amount of funding to date for mental health and substance use block grant programs. This funding was provided through the American Rescue Plan. These funds included $52.2 million from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program (SABG) and $44.5 million from the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program. This money was dispersed to states today.
“We all know that the COVID crisis has impacted every corner of our society, including the toll it has taken on our mental wellness and those struggling with addiction. That is why I am proud to announce this historic investment which will help Ohioans receive the mental health and addiction treatment services they need,” said Congressman Ryan.
The MHBG program enables states and territories to provide comprehensive community mental health services and address needs and gaps in existing treatment services for those with serious mental illness. Additionally, the SABG program allows states and territories to plan, implement and evaluate activities to prevent, treat and help more people recover from substance use disorder. This funding will also allow the Ohio State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to make investments in existing prevention, treatment and recovery infrastructure, promote support for providers and address unique local needs to deliver substance use disorder services.
SAMHSA, an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has expedited federal funding to grantees to help communities grappling with mental health and substance use needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.