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Kildee announces $2.3 million for mental health services in Genesee County

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-08) announced on March 29 new federal funding to expand affordable, high-quality health care in Genesee County.

The two grants, totaling $2,354,110 and awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will support the Genesee Health System as they continue to provide mental health care and substance abuse disorder treatment to mid-Michigan families, including those who would not otherwise be able to afford it. With this funding, Genesee Health System will also establish a new psychiatry teaching center to address the community’s shortage of trained mental health professionals.

Every Michigander deserves access to affordable health care, including mental health care,” said Kildee. “I am thrilled to announce these federal grants, which will expand access to critical mental health services in our community. In Congress, I will continue to bring federal resources home to make high-quality mental health care accessible to all mid-Michigan families.”

 “We appreciate Congressman Kildee’s efforts to obtain these funds, which will allow us to continue providing high-quality, integrated primary and behavioral health care to the residents of Genesee County,” said Jean Troop, executive director of the Genesee Community Health Center.

“Genesee Community Health Center is committed to serving this community and ensuring health equity for all,” Troop added.

 “We want to thank Congressman Kildee for his support in securing funds to plan and develop a psychiatry teaching health center,” said Danis Russell, CEO of Genesee Health System.

“There is a significant need for psychiatrists in Genesee County,” Russell added. “So, this is a conversation we have been having locally for 20 years, and we are excited to be taking the first step. Having a teaching facility in Genesee County will allow additional access to these much-needed services.”

 Congressman Kildee continues working to expand access to affordable, high-quality mental health care in mid-Michigan. Through his 2023 Community Project Funding initiative, Kildee secured $1 million for facilities renovations at New Paths, Inc., improving both quality and accessibility of treatment. Additionally, in 2022, Kildee delivered $750,000 for the Greater Flint Health Coalition to expand mental health services in Genesee County.

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