HHS Awards Grants for Mental Health Support

OCTOBER 01, 2005

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $600,000 in emergency grants to ensure that mental health assessment and crisis counseling are provided in areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The grants are Emergency Response Grants from HHs' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funds allocated include:

  • $200,000 for Louisiana. The funds will provide counseling to disaster workers and first responders. Louisiana will create a team of behavioral health specialists.
  • $100,000 for Alabama. The state will create funding to support clinical assessments and psychiatric services, medications, and brief interventions
  • $150,000 for Texas. The state highlighted provision of methadone medications and related activities as its greatest need for support
  • $150,000 for Mississippi. The state identified behavioral health expenses related to emergency support for individuals in mental health treatment facilities