Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced the approval of new federal funding for Maryland to provide community-based outreach, counseling and other mental health services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding comes from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). Maryland became eligible for this federal assistance after the Congressional Delegation successfully urged the Trump Administration to approve a major disaster declaration for the state of Maryland.
“This public health emergency is not only taking its toll on the physical health of thousands of Marylanders, but also increasing the need for mental health services,” the delegation said. “It is critical that the state of Maryland has the resources necessary to support our residents’ mental health needs stemming from this crisis. We will continue to work closely with state and federal emergency response and public health officials to ensure that federal resources are available to the state in responding to all aspects of this pandemic.”
CCP is a short-term disaster relief grant for states, U.S. territories and federally recognized tribes awarded after a presidential disaster declaration. Through an interagency agreement, the Emergency Mental Health and Traumatic Stress Services Branch of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) works with FEMA to provide technical assistance, consultation and training for state and local mental health personnel. See here for more information about CCP.