Senator Lourey Announces Grant to Help Kanabec County Residents Receive Mental Health Services Near Home

The Minnesota Department of Human Services this month announced grants totaling $2 million to improve the delivery of mental health services to individuals near their homes. Of the $2 million, Kanabec County is receiving approximately $200,000 to assist residents with serious mental health issues who are transitioning from an Emergency Department, hospital, treatment center, or jail to programs in the community.

“When a friend, family member, or neighbor is experiencing serious mental health issues, the support provided by our health care system all too often ends when you walk out of the emergency room,” said Sen. Lourey. “The Mental Health Innovation Grant Program enables more Minnesotans to make a full recovery and continue living a healthy life. I’m very pleased for the people of Kanabec County.”

The Legislature established the Mental Health Innovation Grant Program in 2017. It appropriated $2.171 million in grants for Fiscal Year 2018/2019. Funds for the program come from revenue captured from the county share of treatment costs for people receiving care at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center and the Community Behavioral Health Hospitals.

All grants are for 18 months, with the option to extend another six months.


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Tony Lourey represents District 11, which includes portions of Carlton, Kanabec, Pine and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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