Snohomish County announces $8 million to boost mental and behavioral health treatment

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More Snohomish County high schoolers could soon have access to mental health help, and mothers and children with substance dependency will have a place to get treatment and shelter, following a sizable influx in funding announced by county officials Monday.

The county plans to use $8 million in federal COVID stimulus money to fund construction or operation of five new projects aimed at improving mental and behavioral health care, Executive Dave Somers’ office said.

“As we talked to communities about ways to recover and move forward from COVID-19, there was consistent agreement around the need to expand affordable, high-quality behavioral health capacity serving all

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