Governor Gordon announces $5 million in CARES funds to boost behavioral health services - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Governor Gordon announces $5 million in CARES funds to boost behavioral health services

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CASPER, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has made $5 million in CARES Act funds available to behavioral health providers in Wyoming to help them provide services to residents with needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to governor’s office release Monday.

“We know this pandemic and its impacts has taken its toll on the mental health of many Wyomingites, particularly those battling substance abuse,” Governor Gordon said.

“This funding will enhance the ability for Wyoming providers to deliver services to those having difficulty accessing help and those who are unable to pay for the assistance they need.”

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According to the release, the funds may be used to:

  • Provide no-cost services for Wyoming residents experiencing behavioral health challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Enhance or offer telehealth and other remote services related to the pandemic
  • Provide behavioral health services to residents at long-term care facilities
  • Purchase personal protective equipment
  • Reimburse costs incurred since March due to COVID-19 that haven’t been reimbursed from another pay source.

Licensed mental health and substance abuse providers that were already enrolled as providers with the Wyoming Department of Health are eligible for the funding, the release said.

 Applications are due by December 15 and more information is available on the WDH website.