HHS' $1.69B mental health investment: An overview

HHS will dish out grants totaling $1.69 billion in support of mental healthcare and services in the last month, money aimed at tackling issues including addiction, community trauma and more.

Here is a breakdown of the grants:

A total of $89.8 million in support of youth mental health: 


  • $1.5 million for Statewide Family Networks to expand mental health organizations that support those raising children, youths and young adults with serious mental disturbance.


  • $7.3 million to Community Programs for Outreach and Intervention with Youth and Young Adults at Clinical Risk of Psychosis to better identify, prevent, intervene in and lessen the effect of psychotic disorders in youths and young adults at high risk, and provide interventions and trauma-informed care.

  • $3.6 million for Mental Health Awareness Training, facilitating training for school staff, first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed service members and their families to recognize symptoms of mental disorders, to connect school- and community-based mental health organizations to programs they can refer those with mental health needs, to support crisis de-escalation education programs and educate communities on local mental health resources.


  • $1.9 million to the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program, supporting resources for children at risk of or showing signs of mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.


  • $720,000 for Statewide Consumer Networks to develop state organizations that promote mental health services and infrastructure, particularly for minority groups, homeless individuals and those in the criminal justice system.


  • $11.3 million for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances to develop and improve community mental health infrastructure and services for families.


  • $51.5 million for the Project Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education program, supporting healthy social and emotional development of youths and violence prevention in schools.


  • $10 million for the Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma program, which helps promote resilience and equity in communities dealing with violence, civil unrest and/or collective trauma.


  • $2 million to the American Academy of Pediatrics to establish the National Center of Excellence on Social Media and Mental Wellness, aiming to make social media platforms safer for children and youths.


A total of $79.1 million in overdose prevention grants: 


  • $14.5 for the First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Support Services Act, providing resources to first responders to train, carry and administer opioid overdose-reversal drugs.


  • $7.1 million for Rural Emergency Medical Services Training Grants, helping rural areas recruit EMS personnel specializing in treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.


  • $8.2 million for Targeted Capacity Expansion to fund substance use harm reduction services, treatment and recovery support services in underserved communities.


  • $1.5 million for Providers Clinical Support System, training graduate students in healthcare programs on treatment of opioid use disorders.


  • $12.1 million for Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women, providing pregnant and postpartum women and their children with substance use treatment and recovery services.


  • $3 million for the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs program to address prescription drug misuse.


  • $32.7 million for Medication-Assisted Treatment—Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction to increase accessibility of treatment for opioid use disorders and lower misuse.


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