State invests 30 million to improve mental health services

Huntsville, Alabama (WAFF) – Mental health is receiving a significant financial investment.

State representative Rex Reynolds has taken the lead in advocating for a bill that aims to allocate a substantial amount of funding, specifically 30 million dollars, towards the improvement of rehabilitation and treatment programs across the state.

According to him, “We estimate that this could have a duration of six to seven years, depending on the timing of the allocations.”

As we mentioned before, Reynolds made it a priority to pass this bill before the current legislative session ends.

Funding for the initiative will be provided through a substantial settlement resulting from an opioid lawsuit with the state of Alabama. However, it is important to note that the funding will need to be renewed on an annual basis.

Meanwhile, he hopes that this money will greatly assist in supporting facilities throughout the state that have faced financial difficulties.

“During the 23rd session, we set aside a total of $10 million, enabling numerous agencies to receive grants of up to half a million dollars each. This significant funding played a crucial role in bringing us to our current state,” he stated. “Furthermore, we allocated over a million dollars specifically for Morgan County to support the creation of additional adolescent beds dedicated to mental health. This investment is expected to greatly benefit the region.”

Fortunately, this money is already being distributed as the bill took effect immediately after Governor Ivey signed it.

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