Wolf Administration Highlights Importance of Mental Health Services

In his budget proposal, Governor Tom Wolf asks for tens of millions of dollars for mental health resources in Pennsylvania. State leaders are also asking Pennsylvanians to look out for their neighbors. and drug and alcohol programs came together Monday to highlight the importance of mental health services. federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to provide behavioral health services. “Studies show that more than 50% of people with mental health problems also struggle with substance use disorder. Finding help and support for these health issues can not only be challenging, but for some, the inability to seek help is deadly,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith. Smith noted the importance of easy access to mental health resources. especially for those who are also dealing with a substance use disorder. The state’s Get Help Now hotline is 1-800-662-help. It is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

State leaders are also asking Pennsylvanians to look out for their neighbors.

The state’s departments of health and human services, insurance and drug and alcohol programs came together 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 Bailout Act to provide behavioral health services.

“Studies show that more than 50% of people with mental health problems also struggle with substance use disorder. Finding help and support for these health issues can not only be challenging, but for some, the inability to seek help is deadly,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith.

Smith noted the importance of easy access to mental health resources, especially for those who are also dealing with a substance use disorder.

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

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