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$90M Boost to Ohio's Mental Health & Addiction Crisis Services Announced by Rep. Grim

August 28, 2023
Michele Grim News

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Michele Grim (D-Toledo) today announced the investment of $90 million to strengthen mental health and addiction crisis services across Ohio thanks to President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. A total of 37 regional projects will receive funding through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS).   

“I am pleased to share that over 6.5 million dollars will be going directly to Lucas County mental health and addiction services, such as the Northwest Ohio Regional Board Collaborative. Investments like these increase opportunities for all Ohioans to access the mental health support they deserve and need. I look forward to continuing efforts to support affordability and accessibility to mental healthcare in the Toledo area and across our state,” said Rep. Grim

These initiatives will address various gaps in local crisis systems, supporting projects such as short-term residential accommodations, behavioral health urgent care facilities, mobile crisis response teams, and infrastructural improvements.

Specifically, the funding will:

  • Add more than 225 new residential beds for Ohioans in crisis;
  • Establish five Behavioral Health Urgent Care clinics;
  • Support two new Crisis Intervention and Observation units;
  • Launch six new mobile crisis services teams;
  • Assist with four technology upgrade projects;
  • Support two crisis consultancy projects.

If Toledo residents are currently seeking mental health or addiction services, they may reach out to the 24-hour Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County at 419-904-2273.