City awards $200,000 to community providers from COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund 

The City of Minneapolis has awarded $200,000 from the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund to 29 community organizations providing mental health care to the community. 

The City’s Division of Race & Equity established the fund to strengthen the capacity of mental and behavioral health providers and community cultural healers to provide services to community residents who may be experiencing increased stress and trauma related to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The goal is to provide short-term relief to those who are experiencing crisis and whose ability to receive in person help is either limited or not available at this time. Providers will receive between $2,500 and $7,500 to help meet these needs. Services provided include but are not limited to psychotherapy, group healing circles, counseling, mentoring services, resource sharing and peer support. 

The organizations are continuing care with existing clients who are no longer able to meet in person as a result of social distancing, and several of them are also expanding their services to reach a larger population. More than half the organizations who received emergency funds are new providers with the Division of Race & Equity and more than 80 percent of the people receiving services are black, indigenous and people of color.   

To learn more about the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund and for a list of providers receiving funding, visit the City’s website   

 

Published Apr 29, 2020

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