SAMHSA, Gulf States Receive $52 Million from BP for Behavioral Health
To help relieve stress and anxiety in the Gulf Coast region from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has contributed $52 million to fund mental health and substance abuse support services and outreach programs.
Funding will be divided among SAMHSA and four affected states—Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
SAMHSA will receive $10 million to:
- Launch an 800 number for residents of the affected states.
- Develop behavioral health educational materials, especially for children and families.
- Conduct surveillance of ongoing behavioral health needs for individuals affected by the oil spill. This work is in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at HHS.
In addition, the following states are receiving $42 million to conduct outreach and provide services to citizens affected by the oil spill:
- Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals: $15 million
- Mississippi Department of Mental Health: $12 million
- Alabama Department of Mental Health: $12 million
- Florida Department of Children and Families: $3 million.
Read the entire funding announcement.