On August 11, 2020, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey awarded $7 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to support two programs of the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH). The ADMH Crisis and Recovery Services program was awarded $1 million, and the Community Provider Reimbursement program was awarded $6 million.
The Crisis Recovery Services program will develop a web-based, toll-free crisis hotline to help direct individuals, especially those impacted by COVID-19, to appropriate services. This hotline will be staffed by trained crisis specialists to determine the acuity of a crisis situation and determine the appropriate intervention needed to alleviate or stabilize the crisis. The $6 million for the Community Provider Reimbursement program will allow the ADMH to reimburse nearly 300 provider organizations that offer essential services to individuals with mental illness, addiction disorders, and developmental disabilities.
Alabama received about $1.9 billion of CARES Act funding to respond to and mitigate COVID-19. Alabama Act 2020-199 designated up to $300 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to be used to reimburse state agencies for expenditures directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was reported by Alabama Office of the Governor on August 11, 2020.
Contact information: Public Information, Alabama Department of Mental Health, 100 North Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36130; 334-242-3417; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: https://mh.alabama.gov/.