Ohio gets over $1.7M in behavioral health funds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio has been awarded more than $1.7 million in federal funding to support mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Officials with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration said the Affordable Care Act funding will support seven health centers in Ohio. The centers will use it to establish or expand behavioral health services for more than 19,000 Ohioans.

The agency says the funding is part of more than $51 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 210 health centers, establishing or expanding behavioral health services for nearly 440,000 people nationally.

The funds are used to hire mental health professionals, add mental health and substance use disorder health services, and employ integrated models of primary care.

Ohio health centers last year saw over 26,000 behavioral health patients.

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