On Friday, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $32,387,851 in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC-COVID) Expansion grants across Ohio. Ohio’s State Department of Mental Health and Addiction services also received $2,859,647 to provide crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder than ever for Ohioans with mental health and substance use disorders to get the care that they need,” said Brown in a statement. “This much needed investment will expand access to outpatient mental health services, crisis intervention services and substance use disorder treatment services that so many Ohioans rely on, alleviating the pressure faced by our health care system, which has been overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.”

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