Lowey Announces $6 Million in Funding for Westchester and Rockland Mental Health Services

May 1, 2020
Press Release

Mental Health Association of Westchester County will receive $4M, Achieve Behavioral Health at Bikur Cholim will receive $2M

Federal funding will be used to treat substance use disorders and mental illness including opioid use disorders, serious emotional disturbance in children and adolescents  

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that two mental health clinics in New York’s 17th Congressional District, which includes all of Rockland and part of Westchester Counties, will receive $6 million in funding to increase access to and improve the quality of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services.

This funding is part of $200 million Congresswoman Lowey helped secure in Fiscal Year 2020 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion Grants and $250 million in emergency coronavirus relief funding allocated in the CARES Act. These federal funds will be used to provide mental health services that comply with social distancing requirements and increase access to 24/7 crisis intervention services and comprehensive community-based substance use disorder services. Additionally, these funds will be used to help children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance and individuals with opioid use disorders.

“Increased access to mental health services couldn’t come at a more critical time for New Yorkers,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Hundreds of thousands of people have lost friends and family members, millions have lost their jobs, and many people still going to work are enduring increased anxiety, stress, and trauma. If we do not aggressively invest in mental health services across the country, a mental health crisis will follow in the wake of COVID-19. I will continue working to ensure the federal government is addressing every facet of this crisis and putting our nation on a path to comprehensive healing and recovery.”

“We are honored to have been chosen for this federal grant, a reflection of the tremendous work MHA has accomplished in building our CCBHC services,” said Mental Health Association of Westchester County’s CEO Charlotte Ostman. “This substantial award enables us to fill critical service gaps, including ramping up mobile support for children, delivering SUD services to combat the opioid epidemic, and offering care for those who have served our country – and their loved ones. It is clear that the impact of this pandemic will have lasting effects on mental health in our community, rippling out widely. CCBHC funding positions us to immediately provide assistance. We thank Congresswoman Lowey for supporting us and our community now and as she always has over her many years of service.”

This $6 million for mental health services in NY-17 is one part of the tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.