PHOENIX — The Phoenix Metropolis Council on Wednesday unanimously accepted allocating $9 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding to develop psychological well being sources.
Mercy Care, the Regional Behavioral Well being Authority in Maricopa County, will obtain the funding to proceed offering entry to well being care companies for people who find themselves uninsured or underinsured. These companies embody transitional housing, behavioral well being screening, psychological well being counseling, substance use remedy and case administration.
“We proceed to see extra residents requiring help to handle psychological or behavioral well being challenges,” Mayor Kate Gallego stated in a press launch.
“With Mercy Care’s community of over 200 city-wide supplier areas, we’ll help as much as 100 further adults, youngsters and households every month, lots of whom are unsheltered or at risk of turning into unsheltered.”
Greater than half 1,000,000 individuals within the state which are eligible for Medicaid get entry to well being care companies by way of the not-for-profit Mercy Care, the town stated, with the plan overseeing the county’s behavioral well being disaster system.
“The pandemic created unprecedented psychological and behavioral well being challenges for thus many individuals,” Tad Gary, Mercy Care Deputy CEO, stated within the launch.
“We respect the town’s confidence in Mercy Care, and we look ahead to serving to Phoenix residents get the care and companies they should cope with these challenges.”
The group additionally collaborates with first responders, the town stated, together with Phoenix’s fireplace and police departments and human companies division.
The extra funding goes together with the $15 million Phoenix has budgeted for its Neighborhood Help Program to supply comparable companies.