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New Funding to Enhance Women’s Behavioral Health in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), via the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has announced funding initiatives totaling $27.5 million, derived from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. These initiatives are designed to bolster women’s behavioral health nationwide by increasing service access and enhancing provider capacities to tackle mental health issues, substance abuse, and gender-based violence.

Additionally, SAMHSA has allocated nearly $1 million in grants to support the Services Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. These efforts are part of a broader strategy aligned with the Biden-Harris Administration’s focus on mental health and overdose crises, key components of the President’s Unity Agenda.

Key programs under this initiative include the Community-Based Maternal Behavioral Health Services Program, with $15 million allocated to improve maternal mental health and substance use treatment, and the Women’s Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center, with $12.5 million aimed at enhancing the capability of health providers across the lifespan of women’s health needs.

This funding also supports various strategic initiatives such as the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research and the HHS’ Overdose Prevention Strategy.


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