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Federal funding will be used to expand mental health services for youth  

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced more than $3.3 million to community-based healthcare providers – including several in the Rochester area – that will increase access to mental health services for children and families across the state.  

Administered through the state Office of Mental Health, the federal funding is aimed at helping community-based service providers better serve children and youth who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and a developmental disability or substance use disorder. 

The grants are funded through the American Rescue Plan Act and time-limited expansion of the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage share of funds for Medicaid programs. Community-based healthcare providers were invited to propose innovative projects to meet the needs of the children and families they serve. 

The following local organizations will receive funding awards:  

  • Hillside Children’s Center 
  • Horizon Health 
  • Villa of Hope 
  • Camp Get-A-Way of Western NY 
  • Housing Options Made Easy 
  • Catholic Charities of Rochester dba CC of Steuben/Livingston 
  • MHA of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.
  • Compeer Rochester 

“Access to mental health programs is a critical component of our efforts to ensure New Yorkers receive the care they need for themselves and their loved ones,” Hochul said in a statement. “Too often, vulnerable populations face barriers in their ability to access mental health services, and these grants will help expand access to statewide programs, helping support more young New Yorkers to properly address their mental health needs.” 

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