The Centers, a community mental health center in Little Rock, has received a $5 million grant to help it restore clinical services affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds are being administered through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will be distributed over two years.
The Centers provides care to low-income, uninsured or underinsured residents in Pulaski County south of the Arkansas River.
The grant will focus on helping people with substance abuse disorders, as well as those experiencing serious emotional disturbances and serious mental illnesses. Funds will be used to hire additional employees trained to assess and treat such conditions, allowing more timely access to behavioral health care.
“We appreciate the federal government recognizing the impact the pandemic has had on behavioral health, particularly communities that rely on consistent high-quality care for optimum outcomes,” The Centers CEO Melissa Dawson said in a news release. “Importantly, this grant program will help us reduce barriers to access and meet the physical and emotional needs of the populations we are here to serve.”