Federal Mental Health Grants For New Mexico

New Mexico – New Mexico has received nearly $17 million in federal grants to continue efforts to improve services for people with mental illness and substance abuse issues.

The funding was awarded to the state's Behavioral Health Services Division by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

State officials say the grants will focus on recovery initiatives and permanent supportive housing.

One of the grants is worth $13 million over four years. It will help serve an additional 9,000 people by making recovery programs more accessible.

The rest of the grant funding will go toward housing programs over the next five years.

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