Allegheny County awarded behavioral health grant

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Wednesday that Allegheny County is the recipient of a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The $933,000 grant will be used for expanding “behavioral health services for children and adolescents 5 to 18 years old with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families.”

A new system will be put in place to help children and families in the welfare system, especially those with SED, or those children who have any form of serious behavioral, mental or emotional disorder.

Fitzgerald said, “This award is an acknowledgement from SAMHSA of the robust behavioral health system of care already in place in Allegheny County, and we thank them for giving us the opportunity to expand the specialty populations that system serves.”

The grant will be provided for one year, but depending on federal funding, can be awarded for three more years.

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