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State awards multi-million dollar grant to provide better mental healthcare to youth

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The state health department is providing funding to expand mental healthcare services to all of the counties in Michigan.

The grant will be used to implement a five year project that expands psychiatric consultation services to the thumb, mid-Michigan, and the western U.P.

The funding will specifically support primary care providers in addressing children and pregnant women with mental health needs.

Bob Wheaton is a spokesperson with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“It pays to support a partnership that our department has with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University that expands on psychiatric services that children in underserved rural and urban communities can receive.”

Wheaton said the program served 50 counties before. Now it will serve every county in Michigan.

The federal grant provides 445,000 dollars annually for the next five years, more than two million dollars in total.