Slaughter Announces $470,000 in Grant Funding for St. John Fisher College
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $471,155 grant for St. John Fisher College from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program. St. John Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing will use the funding to expand the behavioral health workforce by supporting education and clinical training for behavioral health-related professionals and paraprofessionals.
“This major federal award for St. John Fisher is yet another example of the important work happening right here in our community. Increasing the number of behavioral health counselors who are properly trained to provide effective mental health services to the people who need them is vitally important. I congratulate St. John Fisher and am proud to announce this federal funding,” said Slaughter.
Under the Department of Health and Human Services, the BHWET program aims to expand the mental health and substance abuse workforce serving children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have a recognized behavioral health disorder, including in rural and medically-underserved areas.
As chairwoman of the House Committee on Rules, Congresswoman Slaughter was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which ensures coverage for behavioral health treatment, mental and behavioral health inpatient services, substance abuse services, and that protects tens of millions of Americans from being denied health insurance due to a preexisting condition.