Montpelier, Vt. - The Vermont Department of Mental Health was awarded $9.9 million dollars on Wednesday through a federal grant. The grant was through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
According to a media release, the grant will be given out during a five year period to the Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project (VFCHP).
Officials say the VFCHP will help with mental health services for families.
“Research tells us comprehensive health care can help children and their families head off a range of problems later in life, avoiding the pain and suffering of unaddressed mental and emotional issues, as well as decreasing health care-related spending of all kinds,” said VDHM Commissioner Melissa Bailey.
“The Department is very excited for this opportunity to work with the community mental health providers and the FQHCs to improve care and treatment for children and their families. We look forward to developing a model to improve the outcomes for children,” added Bailey.
“It is critical that we do a better job at addressing mental health needs in this country. One of the best ways to do that is through prevention and early intervention that is integrated with physical health care. This federal grant will allow our state to develop a stronger system to help families access critical services and be more active in their own health. We all want Vermont children to have a healthy family and strong future. This grant will help in that effort,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in a joint statement.
“This grant is incredibly valuable for Vermont in supporting our children with a comprehensive approach to health care, and I want to thank our congressional delegation and federal partners for supporting this initiative,” said Gov. Scott. “