Minnesota to invest $3 million in mental health for families during COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Thursday announced a $3 million investment in mental health services for children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $3 million investment will be funded with federal dollars through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Too many families suffered from mental health crises without knowing where to turn even before COVID-19,” said Walz. “More than ever, it’s critical that essential mental health services be readily available to our children and their families across the state.”

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), in collaboration with the Children’s Cabinet and the Minnesota Department of Education, will administer the $3 million investment to support the mental health needs of children, youth, and families.

The funds will be distributed to school-linked mental health providers and other mental health providers who serve children and families with young children.

The funds may be used to mitigate service interruptions and prioritize in-person services, purchase critical care supplies, cover public health-related training costs, and address the behavioral health needs of communities of color and Native communities related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Funds are expected to be awarded to eligible applicants by the end of November 2020.