Minnesota gets $2M federal grant for mental health care

Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz’s office announced Minnesota has received a $2 million grant to support mental health care.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used for health care providers, first responders and those with serious mental illness and substance use disorders who’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and can’t pay for health services.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an incredible toll on Minnesotans, including our mental health and wellbeing," Walz said. "I am grateful for this funding from the federal government, which will go directly to Minnesotans in need of mental health care, including our health care and first responder heroes, as well as those with serious mental health needs who are unable to pay for their care due to the hardships of the pandemic."

Minnesota’s Department of Human Services will issue the money to seven certified community behavioral health clinics across the state, Walz’s office said. It’s believed that the funding will help about 6,000 Minnesotans.

More information is available online.