Wolf administration stresses importance of mental health services

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In his budget proposal, Governor Tom Wolf calls for tens of millions of dollars for mental health resources in Pennsylvania. State leaders are also asking Pennsylvanians to watch out for their neighbors. , and drug and alcohol programs came together on Monday to highlight the importance of mental health services. The governor’s budget proposal calls for $36.6 million in funding to provide mental health services in counties across the state. Wolf also wants to use $40 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide behavioral health services. “Studies show that over 50% of people with mental health issues also have a substance use disorder. Finding help and support for these health conditions can not only be difficult, but for some the inability to seek help is life threatening,” said Jen Smith, Secretary of the Department of Disease Control Programs. drugs and alcohol. Smith stressed the importance of making it easier to access mental health resources, especially for those who also struggle with a substance use disorder. The state’s Get Help Now hotline is 1-800-662-help. There are staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In his budget proposal, Governor Tom Wolf is asking for tens of millions of dollars for mental health resources in Pennsylvania.

State leaders are also calling on Pennsylvanians to be careful of their neighbors.

State departments of health and human services, insurance, and drug and alcohol programs met Monday to highlight the importance of mental health services.

The governor’s budget proposal provides $36.6 million in funding to provide mental health services in counties across the state.

Wolf also wants to use $40 million of US federal funds from the Rescue Plan Act to provide behavioral health services.

“Studies show that over 50% of people with mental health issues also have a substance use disorder. Finding help and support for these health conditions can not only be difficult, but for some the inability to seek help is life threatening,” said Jen Smith, Secretary of the Department of Drug and the alcohol.

Smith noted the importance of making it easier to access mental health resources, especially for those who also struggle with a substance abuse disorder.

The state’s Get Help Now hotline is 1-800-662-help. There are staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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