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Date: September 3, 2003
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press
Phone: 301-443-8956



$800,000 Awarded To Help Expand Local Mental Health Services

Yakima, Kansas City Chosen from Field of 70 Applicants


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the award of approximately $2.4 million over three years to expand mental health services in local communities. The $400,000 per year grants will be awarded to two communities, the Yakima County Department of Community Services (Yakima, WA), and the City of Kansas City, MO.  The two grantees were chosen from a field of 70 applicants.

“These grants will help fill gaps in mental health services capacity in these two communities to provide new mothers and young families access to counseling and other assistance,” SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie noted.  “We are committed to supporting local programs that work to build the mental health needs of our communities.”

The Yakima County Nurse-Family Partnership will integrate mental health services into visiting nurse programs aimed at low-income pregnant women, mothers, infants, and small children.  The program, developed by the Yakima County Department of Community Services, targets pregnant women and follows their infants through their second year of life.

The Kansas City program will serve a minimum of 100 Latino families each year over the span of the three-year program, and will focus on first-time pregnant Latina women, and Hispanic mothers and fathers of children ages four and younger.  The program, Esparanza Para Los Ninos, is operated by the Kansas City, MO Health Department, Cabot Westside Clinic and Heart of America Family Focus Center.

The grants are directed to “ emerging and urgent mental health service needs” through community outreach efforts and other means. 


SAMHSA, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States.




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