Laredo clinics awarded $8M in federal grants for mental health and substance abuse services amid pandemic

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WASHINGTON The People with Ideas of Love, Liberty, Acceptance, and Respect (PILLAR) and the Border Region MHMR Community Center in Laredo will receive a total of $8 million in federal grants.

The grants will be for the Consolidated Treatment Services (CTS) Project and the Comprehensive Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Use Services Project to advance mental and behavioral health in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Friday.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“With the ongoing mental health challenges brought on by COVID-19, resources for mental health and substance abuse treatment providers cannot fall by the wayside,” Cornyn said. “I applaud this investment in Laredo residents’ health, and I will continue supporting efforts to strengthen these critical services.”