Phoenix allocates $9M to expand mental health resources

Mar 26, 2022, 5:00 AM

(Pexels Photo)...

(Pexels Photo)

(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved allocating $9 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding to expand mental health resources.

Mercy Care, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County, will receive the funding to continue providing access to health care services for people who are uninsured or underinsured. These services include transitional housing, behavioral health screening, mental health counseling, substance use treatment and case management.

“We continue to see more residents requiring assistance to address mental or behavioral health challenges,” Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release.

“With Mercy Care’s network of over 200 city-wide provider locations, we will assist up to 100 additional adults, children and families each month, many of whom are unsheltered or in danger of becoming unsheltered.”

More than half a million people in the state that are eligible for Medicaid get access to health care services through the not-for-profit Mercy Care, the city said, with the plan overseeing the county’s behavioral health crisis system.

“The pandemic created unprecedented mental and behavioral health challenges for so many people,” Tad Gary, Mercy Care Deputy CEO, said in the release.

“We appreciate the city’s confidence in Mercy Care, and we look forward to helping Phoenix residents get the care and services they need to deal with these challenges.”

The organization also collaborates with first responders, the city said, including Phoenix’s fire and police departments and human services department.

The additional funding goes along with the $15 million Phoenix has budgeted for its Community Assistance Program to provide similar services.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

woman holds money and types into computer...

Arizona street gang indicted after alleged involvement in pandemic assistance fraud scheme

Members of the Arizona Mexican Mafia received a 50-count indictment after fraudulently filling for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance funds.

8 hours ago

Image of a thermometer measuring high heat. The heat dome that's been baking Texas is inching towar...

Chandler to begin heat relief services on May 1

With summer seemingly coming fast, the City of Chandler plans to open a day respite center and eight cooling locations starting on May 1.

10 hours ago


Mexican regional music festival coming to Wild Horse Pass in Chandler

Wild Horse Pass in Chandler will host Mexican regional music festival "Belicofest" over the last weekend of April.

12 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/ Prescott Frontier Days)...

Prescott’s ‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’ to celebrate traditions this summer

Tradition will be the theme of the 137th annual "World’s Oldest Rodeo" in Prescott this summer.

14 hours ago

(Facebook/Gilbert Police Department)...

Police investigating death of man pulled from canal in Gilbert

The Gilbert Police Department is investigating the death of man it pulled from a canal on Saturday morning.

16 hours ago

Community listening session on teen violence in Chandler set...

Serena O'Sullivan

Chandler city leaders to host community listening session on youth violence

Chandler city officials will host a community listening session on teen violence and behavioral health in early May.

20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.



Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.


DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

Phoenix allocates $9M to expand mental health resources