New federal funding benefits mental health care for rural youth

Community Care of West Virginia has received $1,250,000 in federal funds to support behavioral and mental health services for youth in north central West Virginia.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the award on Thursday.

The federal funding is made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It will target school-aged children through 54 school wellness center locations in rural north central West Virginia.

In addition to hiring more staff in seven counties, the funds will expand youth access to behavioral and mental health services as they return to school and normal activities after the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Virginia community health chief medical officer Kevin Junkins said the money will support critical school-based behavioral and mental health services in rural communities.

Community Care of West Virginia (CCWV) is a federally qualified health center with 16 community health center locations and 51 school health centers, along with several pharmacies and a dental office.

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