State gets fed funds for mental health services

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia is receiving nearly $1 million in federal funding for mental health services.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell said the money will help support four health centers in the state to establish or expand behavioral health services.

Officials say the new funds will help nearly 29,000 in West Virginia.

Health centers will use the money for efforts such as hiring new mental health professionals and adding mental health and substance use disorder health services.

The Affordable Care Act expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits for about 60 million Americans nationwide, including more than 322,000 West Virginians.

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