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Gov. Reynolds to use $50M in federal COVID-19 money for mental health


URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will spend $50 million in federal funding on adult and childhood mental health and substance abuse programs.

The money is part of the state's allocation from the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that was approved by Congress and signed by the president in March.

Reynolds says $30 million will be used for mental health services administered regionally across the state.

The remaining $20 million will go to mental health and substance abuse providers to cover increased costs.

Reynolds says stress caused by the coronavirus has increased the need for mental health services.

"We are making meaningful investments into Iowa’s mental health services to help vulnerable Iowans and their families,” Reynolds said. “Today’s investment is not only about adapting to the challenges we face today, but sustaining a compassionate and coordinated system for the future. I also want to commend Flora Schmidt with the Iowa Behavioral Health Association and Andrew Allen, CEO of Youth and Shelter Services for making a difference in the lives of so many Iowans."

Associated Press

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