Funds to aid mental health programs, services

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday announced the awarding of $36 million in federal funding for mental health treatment and research centers throughout New York state through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The senators heralded the news of the funding— which includes $5 million for Liberty Resources, which serves Madison County and $3.7 million for Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Inc., which provides mental health programming for much of the Mohawk Valley region. The funding comes from the Community Mental Health Block Grant program and is designed to help provide necessary mental health resources for communities by supporting mental health research and fortifying mental health and substance abuse treatment services. 

The senators say the funding comes at a critical time for New Yorkers during the COVID pandemic, which has exacerbated the national mental health crisis.

“No one should have to fight the battle against mental illness alone,” said Schumer. “As New Yorkers, we are stronger when we are together, and today’s federal funding will work to rally community resources surrounding mental health care and research. Those facing mental health battles need our support now more than ever, and I’m proud to deliver this SAMHSA funding that will bring community support for our most vulnerable residents.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened a nationwide mental health crisis,” Gillibrand said. “This federal funding will help ensure that New Yorkers struggling with mental health and addiction have ongoing access to comprehensive, integrated care. I will continue fighting for resources for mental health and addiction treatment centers throughout New York State and make sure that New Yorkers who need care can get it.”

Liberty Resources serves Onondaga, Monroe, Oswego and Madison Counties and with the funding announced today, expects to be able to serve an additional 500 community members.

“Liberty Resources is grateful to be the recipient of the Federal Community Mental Health Center Grant to support Mental Health and Substance Abuse services in our communities throughout CNY and Rochester NY,” said Carl Coyle, CEO

Liberty Resources, Inc.

“With suicide and overdose rates increasing significantly, this support is critically needed for treatment providers like Liberty Resources in meeting the increased demand for service in our local communities,” said Coyle. “This Grant will particularly strengthen our service delivery system in the over 48 schools and school districts where our counselors provide desperately needed services to our youth and their families.”

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