Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services for the disbursement of $1,935,621 to the State of Nevada Health Division to improve access to mental health and substance use treatments during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We voted for this funding to help protect Nevadans’ access to mental health and substance use treatment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic because we know how important these services are,” said the senators. “With these additional resources, Nevada will be able to build our state’s capacity to deliver critical mental health services virtually, so individuals can continue to get the support they need without having to visit a provider in person. We’re continuing to push in the Senate to improve access to mental health treatments at this challenging time.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released emergency grants to strengthen access to treatments for substance use disorders and serious mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SAMHSA expects the current national crisis of COVID-19 to contribute to an increase in the number of Americans grappling with such disorders. People throughout Nevada may struggle with increases in depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief.