WASHINGTON, DC — Today U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that Community Care of West Virginia will receive $1,250,000 to behavioral and mental health services to empower young West Virginians in several rural counties in north-central West Virginia. Funding is made possible through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) motion secured by Senators Capito and Manchin and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
“By providing funds to recruit staff in each area of need, these funds will expand access to essential mental and behavioral health services for our youth as they return to life and school after COVID-19. I have championed school-based health care in our state because it provides resources directly to our children, and I am excited about this integration of behavioral health professionals with current primary care providers. Investments like this are the primary purpose of the CDS process – direct funding to positively impact West Virginians. I was thrilled to commit, and ultimately secure, the funding needed to increase staff in these seven districts and continue our efforts to reach our children where they are.” said Senator Capito.
“Community Care of West Virginia provides essential behavioral and mental health services to young West Virginians in several rural counties, which is why I’m proud to have secured this funding to bolster their efforts and expand hiring capacity.” said Senator Manchin. “The funding announced today will help strengthen behavioral and mental health services for school-age West Virginians through 54 school-based wellness centers throughout north-central West Virginia, and I look forward to the positive impact of these programs. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for resources, including earmarking, to support our healthcare organizations in serving West Virginians throughout the Mountain State.”
“The Congressionally Directed Spending Award that Senators Capito and Manchin secured for our organization will have a tremendous impact on our ability to expand our rural communities in north-central-west Virginia and provide much-needed school-based behavioral and mental health services to offer. We greatly appreciate their continued support and efforts, which enable us to care for our school-age population.” said Kevin Junkins, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Community Care of West Virginia.
Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS), better known as Earmarks, allows state and local governments, nonprofits, and other public entities to request targeted funding for projects to strengthen their communities and directly benefit West Virginians. These local communities and organizations are now beginning to receive funding for projects that both Senators Capito and Manchin lobbied for in last year’s funding bill. As members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senators Capito and Manchin work to ensure taxpayer money is prioritized that benefits all West Virginians, spurs economic growth, and supports the needs of communities throughout the Mountain State, while remaining fiscally accountable.
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