WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $796,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to expand mental and behavioral health training across the state.
“This new funding from the American Rescue Plan will aid our public health workforce and higher education institutions in meeting the increased demand for mental health services brought on by the pandemic,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland will continue working to secure additional resources that support Marylanders’ mental health needs as we recover from COVID-19.”
The award of $796,497 comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will strengthen and expand Maryland’s mental health workforce by encouraging collaborative research, improving community relations and increasing access to telehealth and mental health services. Funding is directed to the following institutions:
- $479,992 for the University of Maryland, Baltimore
- $269,164 for Hood College in Frederick
- $47,341 for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Inc. in Baltimore
The lawmakers previously announced more than $55 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expand access to mental health services and substance use disorder treatment programs in Maryland.