DHHS Receives $1 Million Dollars to Fight Mental Health Crises


Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Has just received $1 million in grant funding. The money, dispersed over the course of three years, will be put toward responding to mental health crises in the field.

The money comes from Senate Bill 82’s Triage Grant. The funds will mean  DHHS can beef up their mobile crisis program (which started back in 2016). The pilot program was made permanent just months after it’s establishment. It helps free up mental health clinicians to provide mental health assessments in emergency rooms, allowing care providers to tackle mental health crises on two fronts at once.

DHHS mental health director Emi Botzler-Rodgers says  the grant will not only pay the salaries of new personnel, but help strengthen coordination with law enforcement and other service