September 26, 2022

In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for tens of millions of dollars to go toward mental health resources in Pennsylvania.State leaders are also calling on Pennsylvanians to look out for their neighbors.The state’s departments of health and human services, insurance, and drug and alcohol programs joined together Monday to shine a light on the importance of mental health services.The governor’s budget proposal calls for $36.6 million in funding to provide mental health services in counties around the state.Wolf also wants to use $40 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to provide behavioral health services. “Studies show that more than 50% of individuals with mental health concerns also struggle with substance use disorder. Finding help and support for these health concerns cannot only be challenging, but for some, the inability to seek help is deadly,” Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said.Smith noted the importance of making mental health resources easier to access, especially for those who are also dealing with a substance abuse disorder.The state’s Get Help Now hotline is 1-800-662-help. It’s staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In his budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for tens of millions of dollars to go toward mental health resources in Pennsylvania.

State leaders are also calling on Pennsylvanians to look out for their neighbors.

The state’s departments of health and human services, insurance, and drug and alcohol programs joined together Monday to shine a light on the importance of mental health services.

The governor’s budget proposal calls for $36.6 million in funding to provide mental health services in counties around the state.

Wolf also wants to use $40 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to provide behavioral health services.

“Studies show that more than 50% of individuals with mental health concerns also struggle with substance use disorder. Finding help and support for these health concerns cannot only be challenging, but for some, the inability to seek help is deadly,” Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said.

Smith noted the importance of making mental health resources easier to access, especially for those who are also dealing with a substance abuse disorder.

The state’s Get Help Now hotline is 1-800-662-help. It’s staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.