This past week, HHS announced that it plans to issue $50 million in funding to help Community Health Centers establish and fund behavioral health services for individuals with mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems. Made available through the ACA, the funds will be used to hire new mental health and substance use disorder professionals and services, as well as to employ team-based models of care. According to estimates, these funds will support mental health service expansion in about 200 existing health centers throughout the country, affecting approximately 60 million Americans. In addition to expanding funding, the Obama Administration finalized rules under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act to make sure many insurance plans include coverage for mental health and substance abuse conditions.
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