Menendez, Booker Announce $6M to Support Behavioral Health Clinics Throughout New Jersey

Menendez, Booker Announce $6M to Support Behavioral Health Clinics Throughout New Jersey

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $5,999,990 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) throughout New Jersey. These clinics provide a comprehensive range of addiction and mental health services to individuals in need.

"This funding will better enable our state's health care centers to provide the critical mental health services and community-based addiction treatment New Jerseyans need," said Sen. Menendez. "Comprehensive health care means more than just good physical health; it also requires attention to good mental health. These grants will provide the resources necessary to increase capacity and allow more people to receive the vital mental health services they need to remain healthy and active in the community. These clinics have helped countless New Jerseyans and I will fight to ensure these programs are continued and their funding is expanded."

“It’s vital that we support New Jersey’s community behavioral health clinics because they provide some of our most vulnerable populations critical care when they need it most,” said Sen. Booker. “These federal resources will help New Jerseyans in need of mental health and addiction treatment access the care they need to maintain their health and well-being.”

The following CCBHCs received funding:

  • $2,000,000 – Care Plus NJ, Inc.
  • $2,000,000 – Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
  • $1,999,990 – Rutgers Biomedical and Health Services

“The CCBHC Expansion will support the opening of a new service hub in our Hasbrouck Heights location and increase our capacity to serve 750 additional individuals suffering from mental illness and substance abuse annually. It will especially provide comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated treatment for underserved populations, including justice-involved individuals and veterans,” said Joe Masciandaro, President and CEO of Care Plus NJ.

Reports have shown that 1 in 10 Americans with an addiction receive the necessary treatment and only 43 percent of individuals with a serious mental illness receive behavioral health care. CCBHCs main goal is to fill the gap in unmet need and expand access to community-based treatment for these populations.