The announcement is part of a new HHS-wide initiative to tackle the nation’s mental health crisis.

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) – announced nearly $35 million in funding opportunities to strengthen and expand community mental health services and suicide prevention programs for America’s children and young adults. The American Rescue Plan funded $9.2 million. This announcement is part of a new Administration-wide initiative to tackle the nation’s mental health crisis.

“Mental health is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of our country’s children and young adults,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to providing young people with the resources they need to thrive—during this pandemic and in the years to come. As part of our National Tour to Strengthen Mental Health, I’ll be traveling across the country with members of my leadership team to listen and learn about new and innovative ways HHS can support local communities in addressing youth mental health and other aspects of our country’s mental health crisis.”

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