August 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Announce Nearly $2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Strengthen Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services in Anne Arundel County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) announced $1,999,983 in American Rescue Plan funding for Arundel Lodge, Inc., located in Edgewater, to boost their mental health and substance use disorder treatment services. Funding comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of individuals, families, and communities across Maryland, underscoring the vital need to ensure equitable access to mental health services across our state. This funding from the American Rescue Plan will help secure additional resources for the Arundel Lodge to continue their work, helping to improve the lives of those affected by mental health and substance use disorders. We will keep working to strengthen our public health infrastructure and provide crucial federal funding to community-based mental and behavioral health services to support Marylanders,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“The COVID-19 pandemic created several barriers for individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders to access treatment and recovery services. This new round of American Rescue Plan funding will strengthen community-based treatment initiatives in Anne Arundel County,” said Senator Cardin. “I will continue working with my colleagues in the Maryland delegation to secure additional funding to increase access to public health services, no matter their zip code.”

“Access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment is key to comprehensive, quality health care for every Marylander,” said Congressman Brown. “The COVID-19 pandemic posed unique challenges to the mental health and wellbeing of residents in our communities. As we continue our recovery, we have a responsibility to provide the support needed to get our neighbors back on their feet and healthy, now and well into the future.”

The lawmakers previously announced $55.4 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expand access to mental health services and substance use disorder treatment programs across the state.