Rural mental health gets boost

State approves $75 million for rural counties, including Butte

The state of California has approved a total of $75 million in grants to improve mental health care in rural counties. Butte County, along with Lake, Mendocino and Nevada counties, will receive $1.7 million.

According to a California HealthLine report, the funding is part of the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013, and it will pay for more than 800 residential and crisis “stabilization” beds, about 60 new workers to staff mobile support teams and more than 35 vehicles.

The $75 million will be disbursed to 28 counties, with the bulk going to Los Angeles County ($40.9 million).