Missouri Receives Nearly $39 Million in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Aid from Blunt-Led Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today announced that Missouri will receive a total of $38.8 million in funding from the Mental Health Block Grant ($13.9 million) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant ($24.9 million) programs. As the Republican leader on the Labor/HHS appropriations committee, Blunt has led efforts to prioritize funding to expand access to mental health and addiction treatment services. The funding announced today was provided in the most recent Blunt-led COVID-19 emergency funding bill, which was signed into law in December. The bill included $1.65 billion each for the Mental Health Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant programs. The annual appropriation for the Mental Health Block Grant increased by 57% under Blunt’s six-year chairmanship of the Labor/HHS appropriations subcommittee.

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