Insiders 7/12/20: Can $50 Million Boost Iowans’ Mental Health During the Pandemic?


DES MOINES, Iowa — Last week Gov. Kim Reynolds announced $50 million in funding for mental health and substance abuse treatments.

The funding, which is coming from the federal CARES Act, will be divided up. $30 million is going toward ongoing mental health services for children and adults and to help cover the increased need for the services due to the pandemic. The remaining $20 million is earmarked for mental health providers and substance abuse treatment.

Two mental health advocates discussed whether the funding can help address the strain of the pandemic on Iowans’ mental health.

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