Governor Parson authorizes $37 Million of CARES Act funding to Mental Health

(Jefferson City, MO)  Missouri Governor Mike Parson made available more than $37 million in CARES Act funding to help behavioral health and developmental disabilities services in five areas. 

Approximately $20 million is available for more than 350 Medicaid providers for the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Division Developmental Disabilities. An allocation of $17.6 million is for providers of group home and individualized supported living (ISL) services.

Community behavioral healthcare providers, which include mental health and substance use services, will have $10 million available.  This funding can help with staffing, technology improvements, enhancing the ability to serve individuals through non-traditional means, and resources for responding to increased crisis calls.

CARES Act funding will extend the suicide prevention public education efforts by investing $620,000 into the current campaign hoping to reach all Missourians with information on resources on suicide prevention and especially citizens in suicidal crisis.

For more information contact Debra Walker at debra.walker@dmh.mo.gov or call 573-751-1647.