Sanders Welcomes New Mental Health Funding for Burlington Community Health Center

WASHINGTON, July 31 – The Community Health Center of Burlington will be awarded a $250,000 grant to expand their mental health services, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today.

The Burlington center is one of 221 Federally Qualified Health Centers in 47 states that will receive a total of $55 million in funding for mental and behavioral health service expansion. This funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration comes from $11 billion in health center funding that Sanders helped to secure in the Affordable Care Act.

Health centers across the country provide high quality care to 22 million people, including behavioral health services for 1.2 million. The 11 Vermont health centers operate more than 50 clinics around the state. They will provide health care this year for 1 in 4 Vermonters, including mental health services for more than 6,000 Vermonters.

“This new funding will help to improve access to critically needed mental health services around the country and in Vermont,” said Sanders, the chairman of the Senate subcommittee on primary health.

The Community Health Center of Burlington plans to use the funds to hire new health care providers, including a counselor and a part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner to serve more Vermonters.