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HHS Announces Additional Block Grants to Address Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Crisis

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program will disperse $1.5 billion each to states and territories.  

The MHBG program enables states and territories to provide comprehensive community mental health services and address needs and gaps in existing treatment services for those with severe mental health conditions. California is projected to receive $187 million from the MHBG distribution.  

The SABG program allows states and territories to plan, implement, and evaluate activities to prevent, treat, and help more people recover from substance use disorder. The funding also allows recipients to make investments in existing prevention, treatment, and recovery infrastructure, promote support for providers, and address unique local needs to deliver substance use disorder services. California is projected to receive $206 million from the SABG distribution.